Awapuni, Palmerston North
Awapuni is an area and council ward of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. It is located south west of Palmerston North Central. The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage gives a translation of "blocked-up river" for Awapuni.
|Territorial authority||Palmerston North|
|Time zone||UTC+12 (NZST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+13 (NZDT)|
Te Hotu Manawa Marae and its Tūturu Pumau meeting house are located in Awapuni. It is a tribal meeting ground for the Rangitāne hapū of Ngāti Kapuārangi, Ngāti Rangiaranaki, Ngāti Rangitepaia, Ngāti Hineaute and Ngāti Tauira.
Awapuni North features Awapuni School and Kia Toa Sports Club rooms. It is also the location of Awapuni and Alexander Parks, and Rugby, Panako and Raleigh Reserves.
College Street divides Awapuni North from Awapuni South.
Awapuni North had a population of 3,405 in 2001.
Awapuni South contains Riverdale School and Awapuni School, Awatapu College and the Church of Latter-Day Saints. It features Riverdale, Waitoetoe and Paneiri Parks; the riverside Dittmer Drive Reserve includes a stopbank and walking track.
The area College Street divides Awapuni North from Awapuni South. The suburb is bounded by the Manawatu River. Dittmer Drive (which runs the bank of the river) has a stopbank, which is the first defence if there is a chance of flooding. There are many large houses along Dittmer Drive.
The area had a resident population of 3,309 in 2001.
Awapuni West is centred around Awapuni Racecourse. It features Rangitaane, Mangaone, Otira and Totaranui parks, and Pioneer Reserve.
Maxwells Line divides Awapuni West from Awapuni North and Awapuni South. Other features of Awapuni West include the local iwi Ngāti Rangitaane's health and well being centre, Whakapai Hauora and the Awapuni Landfill. Awapuni West is the site of the ancient Awapuni Lagoon, upon which the racecourse is now situated. The Mangaone Stream almost separates the urban from the rural lifestyle blocks.
The area had a population of 1,377 in 2001.
The Awapuni council includes the south-western part of Palmerston North City, incorporating Awapuni West, Awapuni North, Awapuni South, West End and part of Palmerston North Central make up the ward. The boundaries are usually understood to be Shiriffs Road and Longburn-Rongotea Road in the West; Fitzherbert Ave in the East; Pioneer Highway and Main Street West in the North and Manawatu River in the South.
The ward has three councillors: Adrian Broad, Peter Claridge and Pat Kelly.
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- "Awapuni North". stats.govt.nz. Statistics New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2006-02-18. Retrieved 2006-09-04.
- "Awapuni South". stats.govt.nz. Statistics New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2006-02-18. Retrieved 2006-09-04.
- "Awapuni West". stats.govt.nz. Statistics New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2006-02-18. Retrieved 2006-09-04.