Pakuranga

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Pakuranga is a residential suburb that offers some great outdoor spaces, top class sports and recreation facilities and the iconic Te Tuhi art gallery.

Pakuranga is a modern Auckland suburb between the Pakuranga Creek and Tamaki River. As such it links the older inner eastern suburbs with the historic Fencible settlement of Howick, via the Panmure Bridge or the newer Waipuna Bridge.

But Pakuranga has a lot more to offer than simply being a lunch stop on the way to Howick, the eastern beaches and the rural fringes.

The suburb was developed in the 1950s and 1960s and as a result it now boasts some fine examples of the American-style architecture of that period. It is also home to New Zealand’s second oldest shopping mall, now known as Pakuranga Plaza. Built in 1965 the mall has undergone several transformations since then and is now a busy, modern shopping precinct with over 70 shops and stores. It is still very much a community hub. (Take note of the unusual “book” design of the Pakuranga Library, on the edge of the shopping mall).

Just across the road is one of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art galleries, Te Tuhi, which has built its reputation by providing a showcase of new artworks by a diverse selection of artists.
Pakuranga is a sports-person’s paradise. Most sport is centred on the expansive Lloyd Elsmore Park which covers 69 hectares of land in the heart of the suburb. It is home to rugby (Bell Park) , athletics, badminton, netball, hockey, cricket and bowls (venue for the 1990 Commonwealth Games bowls). There is an excellent indoor swimming pool and leisure centre with spa, steam room , sauna, gym and group fitness classes. The park is also home to the Howick Historical Village and venue for a number of outdoor events.

South of the park, on the border with Botany, is the Pakuranga Golf Club – an 18 hole par 72, 6013m course suitable for golfers of all abilities.

The Cascade Walkway (7.5km of shared paths between Meadowlands Drive and Lloyd Elsmore Park) is a great short walk or cycle suitable for all the family. Dogs kept under control are welcome along the walkway but are not permitted on sport fields or near children’s playgrounds. The Pakuranga Rotary shared path is a very popular walk or ride stretching 9km from Prince Regent Drive in Farm Cove to the Panmure Bridge. The path weaves past the Pakuranga Sailing Club and offers great views up and down the Tamaki River. The walk is well sign-posted and information panels provide historical information about the area.

Ohuiarangi (Pigeon Mountain) is a 55 metre high volcanic cone at Half Moon Bay. The cone forms the last part of volcanic activity that lasted many years. An earlier explosive eruption, created the prominent tuff ring that is still clearly visible extending in an arc south of Sunderlands Road. Two much smaller craters were formed to the north west of the main cone. It was first quarried for roading metal by Fencible soldiers from the 1847 Fencibles settlement at Howick. Quarrying continued for many years but has now ceased.

Not to be missed is the Pakuranga Night Market, known for its 70-80 food stalls, arts and crafts, jewellery, clothing, fresh produce and entertainment – a true reflection of Auckland’s cultural diversity.

History

Pakuranga is traditionally home to the Ngai Tai Iwi (Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki). During the attacks by Ngapuhi in the Musket wars of 1820 most of the population were killed, taken prisoner or fled south to the Waikato.

In early European times, Pakuranga was settled as a dairy farming area and  remained largely rural until the 1950s, when a modern bridge was built across the Tamaki estuary – replacing the high steel bridge that had been there since the 1860s.

Increasing levels of car ownership meant Pakuranga developed as a dormitory suburb of Auckland during the 1950s and 1960s, with residents commuting to Auckland or the southern suburbs for work. Thousands of suburban homes were built and in 1965 the Fletcher Construction Company developed Pakuranga Town Centre (The Pakuranga Plaza).

In 1981 Lloyd Elsmore Park was officially opened and in April of that year school children  and  parents  crowded  the  park’s athletics arena to welcome soon to be married Prince Charles.

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