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CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardManurewa-Papakura Ward
Local boardManurewa Local Board
 o Total19,236
Train station(s)Manurewa Train Station

Manurewa is a major suburb in South Auckland, New Zealand. It was part of Manukau City before the creation of the Auckland super city in 2010. It is located 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the Manukau City Centre, and 26 km (16 mi) southeast of Auckland CBD. The suburb is bisected by the Auckland Southern Motorway. Real estate values in Manurewa vary greatly.

Manurewa is M?ori for "drifting kite". The name refers to a kite flying competition where a kite line was severed and drifted away. The kite's owner was the chief Tamapahore who had a p? (fortified village) on Matuku-tururu (Wiri Mountain). The name Manurewa commemorates the incident by the name.[1]

Manurewa has a high proportion of non-European ethnicities, making it one of the most multi-cultural suburbs in New Zealand. Employment for many is at the many companies of nearby Wiri, Papakura, and at the steel mill at Glenbrook.

Southmall was one of the first shopping malls in New Zealand. It is located on the Great South Road. This shopping centre is no longer the main centre for many shoppers after the opening of Westfield Manukau City approximately 10 minutes away.

Auckland Botanic Gardens entrance

Manurewa is the home of Auckland Botanic Gardens which receives over a million visitors a year.


Manurewa, comprising the statistical areas of Rowandale West, Rowandale East, Manurewa Central, Leabank and Manurewa South, had a population of 19,236 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 2,394 people (14.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 3,645 people (23.4%) since the 2006 census. There were 4,572 households. There were 9,765 males and 9,474 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.03 males per female, with 5,160 people (26.8%) aged under 15 years, 5,226 (27.2%) aged 15 to 29, 7,461 (38.8%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,392 (7.2%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 24.5% European/P?keh?, 30.9% M?ori, 41.1% Pacific peoples, 23.0% Asian, and 2.3% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 34.9%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 27.3% had no religion, 46.3% were Christian, 6.7% were Hindu, 2.4% were Muslim, 1.4% were Buddhist and 10.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,494 (10.6%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 3,153 (22.4%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 6,927 (49.2%) people were employed full-time, 1,515 (10.8%) were part-time, and 996 (7.1%) were unemployed.[2]

Sport and recreation

Rugby Union

The Manurewa Rugby Football Club is based at Mountfort Park Manurewa. They were founded in 1921 and now play within the Counties Manukau Rugby Union Club competition and are one of the biggest and most successful Rugby clubs within the region. They have a large junior section plus and string Golden Oldies Section made up of many past players. They also have associated sports of AFL, Netball & Softball operating within the club. They were originally based at Jellicoe Park in Manurewa and had a club room affectionately known as the "Old Black Shed". They built the new clubrooms at Mountfort Park and moved to this site officially in 1978. Notable current Super 15 Chiefs players Tim Nanai-Williams and Bundee Aki are former Manurewa Rugby Club players.

Association football

The football (soccer) club Manurewa AFC who play in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1A are based in Manurewa.

Rugby league

The Manurewa Marlins are based in Manurewa.

Local government

Manurewa had a local government just like other suburbs of Auckland at that time. The local government was called Manurewa Borough Council, which started in 1937 and merged into Manukau City Council in 1965, eventually amalgamated into Auckland Council in November 2010.

Mayors during Manurewa Borough Council

  • 1937-1944 William Johnston Ferguson
  • 1944-1946 Frederick Henry Barnard
  • 1946-1948 John Augusta Kelly
  • 1948-1953 Reginald Frank Judson
  • 1953-1956 Cecil Millington Crawford
  • 1956-1965 Harry Beaumont


James Cook High School is a secondary school (years 9-13) with a roll of 1336.[3]

Manurewa Intermediate is an intermediate school (years 7-8) with a roll of 849.[4]

Finlayson Park School, Leabank School. Manurewa Central School, Manurewa South School, Manurewa West School and Rowandale School are contributing primary schools (years 1-6) with rolls of 960, 392, 534, 341, 464 and 578 students, respectively.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

St Anne's Catholic School is a state-integrated full primary school (years 1-8) with a roll of 533.[11]

Manukau Christian School is a private composite school (years 1-13) with a roll of 253.[12]

All these schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of March 2020.[13]


  1. ^ "Local History". Manurewa Marae. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Rowandale West (159900), Rowandale East (160000), Manurewa Central (160100), Leabank (160600) and Manurewa South (160900). 2018 Census place summary: Rowandale West 2018 Census place summary: Rowandale East 2018 Census place summary: Manurewa Central 2018 Census place summary: Leabank 2018 Census place summary: Manurewa South
  3. ^ Education Counts: James Cook High School
  4. ^ Education Counts: Manurewa Intermediate
  5. ^ Education Counts: Finlayson Park School
  6. ^ Education Counts: Leabank School
  7. ^ Education Counts: Manurewa Central School
  8. ^ Education Counts: Manurewa South School
  9. ^ Education Counts: Manurewa West School
  10. ^ Education Counts: Rowandale School
  11. ^ Education Counts: St Anne's Catholic School
  12. ^ Education Counts: Manukau Christian School
  13. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2020.

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Coordinates: 37°01?25?S 174°53?56?E / 37.023481°S 174.898937°E / -37.023481; 174.898937

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