Pukete is a 1970s riverside suburb in northwestern Hamilton in New Zealand.[1]

Pukete
Suburb
Pukete, Hamilton
Pukete, Hamilton
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityHamilton, New Zealand
Electoral wardHamilton West
Established1969
Population
 (2018 Census)
 • Total4,605
Te Kowhai Horotiu Flagstaff
Rotokauri
Pukete
Harrowfield
Te Rapa St Andrews Queenwood

Pukete has two primary schools: Pukete Primary school (years 1-6) and Te Rapa Primary school (years 1-8).

The cobblestoned walk in the park has a grass dog exercise area. The riverside walkway, which includes many pedestrian bridges, can be used by walkers or cyclists, but the lower sections are subject to flooding in winter. A pedestrian bridge links Braithwaite Park to Flagstaff on the eastern side of the Waikato River. A 2015 River Plan proposed it become 'a flower garden bridge'.[2]

Pedestrian bridge over the Waikato at Pukete, built to carry sewage from the east side of the city in 1975

There is a small beach on the west side of the river at Braithwaite park often used in summer by water skiers and picnickers. To the north of the residential area is the Pukete Mountain Bike track, an Equestrian centre, and a two-lane launching ramp into the Waikato River, all on the Pukete Farm Park. A concreted riverside track, for bikes and pedestrians, runs north from Mountain View Lane starting by the southeast side of the Fonterra Te Rapa Milk powder factory.

The eastern part of Pukete and neighbouring St Andrews is built on an old river terrace. This rises to the flat alluvial fan that covers most of Hamilton. The land rises to one of Hamilton's many small hills at Ngaio Place giving views over most of Hamilton.

Four-laning of the Pukete Bridge was completed in Easter 2013, well ahead of schedule due to the long dry summer.

DemographicsEdit

Pukete includes two census areas, East[3] and West.[4] The population is stable and they are wealthier and younger than the 37.4 years of the national average, as shown below -

East West National median income
Year Population Average age Households Median income Population Average age Households Median income
1996 2,409 777 1,980 618[5]
2001 2,409 33.2 801 $25,500 2,085 30.2 675 $24,100 $18,500
2006 2,397 33.3 810 $31,800 2,103 29.8 675 $29,900 $24,100
2013 2,280 35.8 816 $38,100 2,016 32.7 675 $32,900 $27,900[6]
2018 2,361 35 825 $40,600 2,244 32.2 717 $36,900 $31,800

In 2018 the main ethnic groups were -

Area European Māori Asian
East 80.9% 15.1% 10.8%
West 73.7% 24.3% 10.7%

HistoryEdit

Pukete Pa is located in the north of the suburb on a cliff on the Waikato River bank, at the northern end of the riverside Braithwate Park. It is thought to have been built by Nga Iwi and later conquered by Ngati Koura[7] The name Pukete comes from a locally made bag used to soak hinau berries in streams to ferment and preserve them.[7] The area was confiscated in 1864, after the invasion of the Waikato.[8] A double ditch remains to the north of the Pa. Carved wooden items, found close to the pā, are in Waikato Museum. Habitation was sparse, as one early European traveller noted no other settlement for 15 mi (24 km) along the Waikato.[7]

Pukete parish existed from at least 1867,[9] but, until the 1900s, Horotiu was often referred to as Pukete. Horotiu railway station changed its name from Pukete on 23 June 1907,[10] when the proposed post office was referred to as Horotiu (Pukete),[11] and the name of Horotiu school changed from Pukete in 1911.

In 2011 Hamilton Libraries compiled a list of street names, showing that most development occurred over about a decade from 1969, that many roads were named after trees and several developers were involved[12] Before long, Pukete School was opened in 1972 and a swimming pool in 1975. Rather slower to open were a library in 1999 and Te Manawa Hall in 2002.[13]

Street name Date Named by Source of name
Church Road 1945-50 Waipa County Council after a Waipa County councillor of 1945
Ashurst Avenue 1969 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
Sherwood Drive 1969 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
Totara Drive 1969 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
Challinor Street 1969 Builders Land Services after R.C. Clough, chairman of the board
Clematis Avenue 1969 Builders Land Services tree theme
Pukete Road 1969 Builders Land Services parish name
Fuchsia Avenue 1971 Builders Land Services tree theme
Houhere Place 1971 Builders Land Services tree theme
Kohekohe Place 1971 Builders Land Services tree theme
Pohutukawa Drive 1971 Builders Land Services tree theme
Tanekaha Place 1971 Builders Land Services tree theme
Titoki Place 1973 Builders Land Services tree theme
Elmwood Crescent 1973 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
Oakfield Crescent 1973 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
Cullimore Street 1974 Peerless Homes Ltd after Bert Cullimore, Housing Corporation
Frost Place 1974 Peerless Homes Ltd land owner
Highland Drive 1974 Peerless Homes Ltd
Manuka Street 1974 Builders Land Services tree theme
Nikau Place 1975 Builders Land Services tree theme
Norfolk Place 1975 Peerless Homes Ltd tree theme
Ash Place 1976 Peerless Homes Ltd tree theme
Cypress Crescent 1976 Peerless Homes Ltd tree theme
Matipo Crescent 1976 Brian Perry Developments tree theme
Ngaio Place 1977 Builders Land Services tree theme
Cherrywood Street 1977 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
Chestnut Place 1977 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
Sycamore Place 1977 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
Willowfield Place 1977 Taupo Totara Timber Company tree theme
O'Connell Court 1977 Housing Corporation land owner
Horoeka Court 1978 Paramount Builders Ltd tree theme
Kupe Place 1999 Grasshopper Developments Taranaki gas field
Maui Street 1999 Grasshopper Developments Taranaki gas field
McKee Street 1999 Grasshopper Developments Taranaki gas field
Karewa Place 2002 Wairere Drive Properties Ltd Karewa Island, Bay of Plenty

Braithwaite Park was owned by Waikato Hospital Board, who sold it to developers in 1990, the park being transferred to Hamilton City Council on 12 June 1990.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hamilton Map". Hamilton City Council. Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  2. ^ "The River Plan - Hamilton City Council". www.hamilton.govt.nz. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Pukete East". www.stats.govt.nz. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Pukete West". www.stats.govt.nz. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  5. ^ "2006 Census of Population and Dwellings - Hamilton City". Stats NZ.
  6. ^ "2013 Census map – QuickStats about a place". archive.stats.govt.nz. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d "MAORI LANDMARKS ON RIVERSIDE RESERVES Management Plan" (PDF). Hamilton City Council. April 2003.
  8. ^ "Proclamation of Native Lands under the New Zealand Settlements Act. (Daily Southern Cross, 1865-06-21)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  9. ^ "The Daily Southern Cross. (1867-08-02)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ Scoble, Juliet (2010). "Names & Opening & Closing Dates of Railway Stations in New Zealand 1863 to 2010" (PDF). Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand.
  11. ^ "The Waikato Argus. TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1907". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Results in topics for your search 'Pukete'". ketehamilton.peoplesnetworknz.info. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Our History". Pukete School. Retrieved 3 April 2020.

Coordinates: 37°44′37.65″S 175°14′22.92″E / 37.7437917°S 175.2397000°E / -37.7437917; 175.2397000