Newtown, New Zealand

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Coordinates: 41°18′49″S174°46′47″E / 41.3137°S 174.7798°E / -41.3137; 174.7798 Coordinates: 41°18′49″S174°46′47″E / 41.3137°S 174.7798°E / -41.3137; 174.7798
Country New Zealand
Local authorityWellington City
 (2013) [1]
Hospitals(s) Wellington Hospital
Mount Cook Mount Cook [2] Hataitai
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Evans Bay
Berhampore Berhampore Kilbirnie, Melrose

The suburb of Newtown lies in the southern part of Wellington in New Zealand. It lies east of Vogeltown, between Mount Cook and Berhampore. The main thoroughfares of Newtown are Riddiford St, leading from Mount Cook to Berhampore and Melrose, and Constable St, leading from Newtown to Kilbirnie.

Wellington Capital city of New Zealand

Wellington is the capital and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, with 418,500 residents. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Remutaka Range. Wellington is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the administrative centre of the Wellington Region, which also includes the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. It is the world's southernmost capital of a sovereign state. Wellington features a temperate maritime climate, and is the world's windiest city by average wind speed.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Mount Cook, Wellington Suburb in Wellington City, New Zealand

Mount Cook is an inner suburb of the metropolitan area of Wellington, The North Island, New Zealand, 1.74 km dead north of Wellington's Central Business District. Its local constituency area is the Wellington Central, and is part of the City of Wellington local government area. At the 2013 Census, Mount Cook had a population of 5, 112.


The population at the last census (2013) was recorded as 8,418. [1]


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The former Langham Private Hotel

Originally a working-class suburb, Newtown has followed gentrification trends in recent years, attracting large numbers of immigrants, students and young professionals and resulting in an ethnically diverse population. The Wellington City Council District Plan identifies Newtown as a suburb with an "identifiable or distinct character". Because of Newtown's special character only one household units are allowed in certain areas. Resource consent is needed to put two or more household units on a site.

Working class Social class composed of members of the society employed in lower tier jobs

The working class comprises those engaged in waged or salaried labour, especially in manual-labour occupations and industrial work. Working-class occupations include blue-collar jobs, some white-collar jobs, and most pink-collar jobs. Members of the working class rely for their income exclusively upon their earnings from wage labour; thus, according to the more inclusive definitions, the category can include almost all of the working population of industrialized economies, as well as those employed in the urban areas of non-industrialized economies or in the rural workforce.

Gentrification urban socioeconomic process

Gentrification is a process of changing the character of a neighborhood through the influx of more affluent residents and businesses. This is a common and controversial topic in politics and in urban planning. Gentrification often increases the economic value of a neighborhood, but can force out low-income residents due to the increased cost of rent and higher cost of goods.

Professional person who is paid to undertake a specialized set of tasks and to complete them for a fee

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Features of the suburb

Government House on Rugby Street, Wellington Hospital located on Riddiford Street and Wellington Zoo all lie within the boundaries of Newtown. Newtown Park is located next to the Zoo, off Roy Street and provides a venue for athletics and football. The Park consists of a 400m all-weather running track, grandstand, changing rooms, community rooms and play area. Wellington City Council has spent $3.6 million on modernising facilities at Newtown Park to meet current and future needs for the athletics and soccer sports codes, and the wider community.

Government House, Wellington official residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand

Government House, Wellington, is the principal residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand, the representative of the New Zealand head of state, Queen Elizabeth II. Dame Patsy Reddy, who has been Governor-General since September 2016, currently resides there with her spouse. The present building, the third Government House in Wellington, was completed in 1910. It is located in the Newtown suburb of the city.

Wellington Hospital, New Zealand Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Hospital is the main hospital in Wellington, New Zealand, located south of the city centre in the suburb of Newtown. It is the main hospital run by Capital & Coast District Health Board (C&CDHB), which serves Wellington City, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast District. Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are served by the separate Hutt Valley DHB and a separate hospital, Hutt Hospital, in the Lower Hutt suburb of Boulcott.

Wellington Zoo Zoo in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Zoo is in the green belt of Wellington, New Zealand.

Newtown School is a state primary school located in the heart of the suburb. For more than 127 years, this school has educated the children of Newtown and its neighbouring suburbs. The school has a Maori immersion class – Ngati Kotahitanga – providing an 80 per cent immersion environment, an indoor heated swimming pool, computer suite, and separate junior and senior playgrounds.

Newtown Festival

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The Newtown Festival in 2010 (looking up Riddiford Street)

The annual Newtown Festival takes place over ten days, culminating in the Newtown Festival Street Fair which is usually held on International Children's Day (usually the first Sunday in March). Organised by The Newtown Residents' Association for the past 18 years, the festival has continued to grow. The 2014 Newtown Festival was attended by an estimated 80,000 people. [3] In 2014 the Wellington Gold Awards nominated the organisers of the Newtown Festival for one of their annual awards, citing that the festival is "New Zealand’s largest free annual outdoor street festival." [4]

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