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Local authority Auckland Council
Population 5439 (2018)
North Mount Roskill (1,259 m)
Northeast Three Kings (2.9 km)
East Hillsborough (1327 m)
Southeast Māngere Bridge (3.9 km)
South (Manukau Harbour)
West Lynfield (1.7 km)
Northwest New Windsor (3.6 km)

Waikowhai is an Auckland suburb.

Waikowhai is under the local governance of the Auckland Council.

The name is Māori: Wai means "Water" and the kōwhai is a native tree with a bright yellow flower. Waikōwhai means kōwhai by the water in Māori.

Waikowhai has the largest block of native forest left in Auckland City. The block was considered too infertile for farming and subsequently not cleared but given to the Wesley Mission. Today the forest block hosts a valuable sample of Auckland's original fauna and flora. Waikōwhai Walkway extends for 10 km (6.2 mi) linking Onehunga to Lynfield Cove.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 4,833 —    
2013 4,956 +0.36%
2018 5,439 +1.88%
View of the Manukau Harbour from Waikowhai

Waikowhai, comprising the statistical areas of Waikowhai North and Waikowhai South, had a population of 5,439 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 483 people (9.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 606 people (12.5%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,518 households. There were 2,715 males and 2,721 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.0 males per female, with 1,089 people (20.0%) aged under 15 years, 1,449 (26.6%) aged 15 to 29, 2,409 (44.3%) aged 30 to 64, and 492 (9.0%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 28.7% European/Pākehā, 6.7% Māori, 22.0% Pacific peoples, 47.3% Asian, and 4.3% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 52.0%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 27.5% had no religion, 41.0% were Christian, and 26.6% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,407 (32.3%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 582 (13.4%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 2,211 (50.8%) people were employed full-time, 597 (13.7%) were part-time, and 189 (4.3%) were unemployed.

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