Avalon, New Zealand

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Avalon Studios
Avalon Studios
Coordinates: 41°11′35″S 174°56′25″E / 41.1931°S 174.9404°E / -41.1931; 174.9404
CountryNew Zealand
CityLower Hutt
Local authorityHutt City Council
Electoral wardCentral
 • Land203 ha (502 acres)
 (June 2023)[2]
 • Total5,440
Boulcott Epuni Naenae
The Smiling Windmills are kinetic sculptures in Avalon Park

Avalon is a suburb of Lower Hutt in New Zealand, formed as a private residential development in the 1970s on land formerly occupied by market-gardens on the left (eastern) bank of the Hutt River.[3] It features mostly California-inspired designed houses, often split-level, with 3 or 4 bedrooms. It also features one of the biggest park/playground in Lower Hutt[4][5]

The Hutt City Council formally defines Avalon as the area bounded by Percy Cameron Street and the Wingate Overbridge in the north, the Hutt Valley rail line in the east, Fairway Drive and Daysh Street in the south, and the Hutt River in the west.[6]

Avalon Studios edit

Avalon came to the attention of most New Zealanders as the early centre of the country's nationwide television-broadcasting production, particularly with the opening of the purpose-built Avalon Studios in 1975. Given that New Zealand started regular public television-broadcasting for the first time in 1960, and instituted networked television in 1969 with only a single (and state-owned) channel available to viewers, the sole provider of television-broadcasting acquired a monopoly position of immense influence within the New Zealand mass media, and the name "Avalon" summarised and expressed that clout for many years.

Avalon also became the focus of New Zealand film-production - through and building on the National Film Unit, which Peter Jackson bought in the late 1990s and incorporated into his Park Road Post facility. Avalon was the filming location for the 2002 television show 100 Hours.

Television New Zealand (founded in 1980) inherited the Avalon real-estate and continued to operate some functions from Avalon, even though its activities mostly moved to Auckland in the course of the 1980s. Avalon produced television-shows such as Good Morning and the New Zealand Lotteries Commission's live Lotto draw.

Avalon Studio comprises two main buildings; a 10-storey tower and a single-story warehouse-style building.[7] The tower is a 10-storey concrete building.[8] The main tower was built in 1975, it was designed in a Soviet-era architecture style.[9] It has 10-storeys with 23,000m2 of floor space,[10] there are also a number of satellites on top. When the tower was first built it dominated the skyline in Lower Hutt City, it is still the tallest building in Avalon.

At the end of 2010 there were rumours the show Good Morning would shift to Auckland,[11] and it was known the contract by the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) shows Trackside (horse racing) and the Lotto draws was to end in mid-2013.[11] In 2011 TVNZ announced that it would sell off the site for good by 2013 and shift its remaining shows to Auckland, thus consolidating the broadcaster's Auckland focus.[12][13]

In April 2012 a consortium, Avalon Holdings, bought the Avalon Studios with the expectation of officially taking possession in early 2013.[14][15][need quotation to verify] In 2017 the studio facilities were used for filming of the Scarlett Johansson starrer Ghost in the Shell (2017 film).[16][17] In March 2019 an application was lodged to transform the 10-storey Avalon Tower into 61 residential units.[18]

Demographics edit

Avalon, comprising the statistical areas of Avalon West and Avalon East, covers 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi).[1] It had an estimated population of 5,440 as of June 2023, with a population density of 2,680 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [19]

Avalon had a population of 5,094 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 291 people (6.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 432 people (9.3%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,974 households, comprising 2,418 males and 2,676 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.9 males per female, with 900 people (17.7%) aged under 15 years, 897 (17.6%) aged 15 to 29, 2,127 (41.8%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,167 (22.9%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 57.8% European/Pākehā, 14.3% Māori, 12.9% Pasifika, 24.4% Asian, and 4.2% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 31.9, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 37.5% had no religion, 42.5% were Christian, 0.8% had Māori religious beliefs, 7.5% were Hindu, 2.7% were Muslim, 1.8% were Buddhist and 2.3% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 885 (21.1%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 843 (20.1%) people had no formal qualifications. 588 people (14.0%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,842 (43.9%) people were employed full-time, 528 (12.6%) were part-time, and 237 (5.7%) were unemployed.[19]

Individual statistical areas
Name Area
Population Density
(per km2)
Households Median age Median
Avalon West 1.21 2,628 2,172 1,035 46.9 years $28,600[20]
Avalon East 0.81 2,466 3,044 939 36.1 years $27,400[21]
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800

Education edit

Avalon has five schools.

  • Avalon Intermediate School is a state intermediate (Year 7–8) school, and has 250 students as of April 2023.[22]
  • Avalon School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school, and has 198 students as of April 2023.[22]
  • Kimi Ora School is a state special school for students with physical disabilities, and has 90 students as of April 2023.[22]
  • Naenae College is a state secondary (Year 9–13) school, and has 836 students as of April 2023.[22] The school opened in 1953.
  • Naenae Intermediate School is a state intermediate (Year 7–8) school, and has 308 students as of April 2023.[22]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 25 October 2023.
  3. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Hutt Valley – central and west". teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Avalon Park". www.huttvalleynz.com. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Avalon Park - Places New Zealand". places.nz. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Hutt City Wards and Suburbs" (PDF). Hutt City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  7. ^ "STUDIOS". Avalon Film & Television Studios | Wellington NZ. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Tower at former Avalon TVNZ base to become apartment complex". Stuff. 19 November 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Media". Avalon Apartments. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Home | Avalon Apartments | Lower Hutt". Avalon Apartments. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Media: Mallard sees red over Avalon Studios". NZ Herald. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  12. ^ "TVNZ moving Good Morning, selling Avalon studio". The Dominion Post. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  13. ^ Tom Hunt and Paul Easton (11 April 2011). "The rise and fall of Avalon". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  14. ^ Hank Schouten (28 April 2012). "New owners for Avalon Studios". The Dominion Post.
  15. ^ Media3, 29 September 2012
  16. ^ "Action! Filmmakers back to work in New Zealand after coronavirus - Entertainment - The Jakarta Post".
  17. ^ "Wellington's Ghost in the Shell transformation". New Zealand Film Commission. 16 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Application lodged to transform Lower Hutt's Avalon Tower into apartments". 4 March 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Avalon West (244400) and Avalon East (245200).
  20. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Avalon West
  21. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Avalon East
  22. ^ a b c d e "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 December 2022.

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