Kilbirnie, New Zealand

Kilbirnie (from Scottish Gaelic: Cille Bhraonaidh) is a suburb of Wellington in New Zealand, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the south-east of the city centre. Travellers can reach Kilbirnie from the Wellington central business district either via the Mount Victoria Tunnel and Hataitai; over Mount Victoria; or around the coast.

Kilbirnie
Suburb
Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022, New Zealand - panoramio.jpg
Kilbirnie is located in New Zealand
Kilbirnie
Kilbirnie
Kilbirnie is located in New Zealand Wellington
Kilbirnie
Kilbirnie
Coordinates: 41°19′13″S 174°47′39″E / 41.3204°S 174.7941°E / -41.3204; 174.7941Coordinates: 41°19′13″S 174°47′39″E / 41.3204°S 174.7941°E / -41.3204; 174.7941
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityWellington City
Electoral wardEastern
Population
 (2006)
 • Total6,429
Hataitai Evans Bay Rongotai
Melrose
Kilbirnie
Rongotai
Lyall Bay Lyall Bay Rongotai

Kilbirnie sits on the eastern flank of the ridge which becomes Mount Victoria and on the flat of the Rongotai isthmus between Evans Bay to the north (part of Port Nicholson) and Lyall Bay to the south (on Cook Strait). No clear boundaries separate Kilbirnie from its neighbouring suburbs, with the exception of the town belt to the west which separates Kilbirnie from Newtown.

EtymologyEdit

Kilbirnie takes its name after the town of Kilbirnie in Scotland. It was named by Coutts Crawford, who initially owned the land.[1] Two streets in the area are named for him.

ActivitiesEdit

The suburb features a shopping area, the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, the ASB Sports Centre, a recreation centre, a public library, and a sports field Kilbirnie Park.

Kilbirnie hosts the only mosque in Wellington City. In addition, there is also a Hindu temple located in Kilbirnie, which serves as the headquarters for the Wellington Indian Association.

The majority of the population live in single-storey dwellings, but with a growing population, a strong[citation needed] business centre, and close proximity to the airport and to the city centre, the suburb also has a few hotels and apartment buildings, such as the Brentwood Hotel, 747 Motel and Rongotai Apartments. The 2006 Census revealed a permanent population of 6,429.

SportEdit

Kilbirnie Park is home to Poneke Football Club, Poneke Kilbirnie Softball Club, Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club and Marist Association Football Club. Additionally, Kilbirnie Tennis Club and Kilbirnie Bowling Club are also located there.

The ASB Sports Centre opened in Kilbirnie in 2011. It has solidified Kilbirnie's status as the most essential suburb in Wellington for sports and recreation, making Kilbirnie a likely destination for anybody wishing to play casual or competitively.[2]

EducationEdit

Public schoolsEdit

The nearest primary school is Kilbirnie School in Hataitai.[3]

Evans Bay Intermediate School is a co-educational state intermediate school for Year 7 to 8 students,[4][5] with a roll of as of March 2020.[6]

The nearest secondary school is Rongotai College in Rongotai.[3]

Catholic schoolsEdit

St Patrick's School is a co-educational state-integrated Catholic primary school for Year 1 to 6 students,[7] with a roll of 89 as of March 2020.[8]

The nearby St Catherine's College is a girls' state-integrated Catholic secondary school for Year 9 to 13 students,[9] founded in 1950.[10] It has a roll of 202.[11]

St Patrick's College (Kilbirnie) is a boys' state-integrated Catholic secondary school for Year 9 to 13 students,[12] founded in 1885.[13] with a roll of 748.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling (ed.). Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 203. ISBN 9780143204107.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ "Grand opening for sports centre". Stuff.co.nz. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  3. ^ a b "Find schools in Wellington City". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  4. ^ "Evans Bay Intermediate School Official School Website". ebis.school.nz.
  5. ^ "Evans Bay Intermediate School Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.
  6. ^ "Evans Bay Intermediate School Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  7. ^ "St Patrick's School Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.
  8. ^ "St Patrick's School Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  9. ^ "St Catherine's College Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.
  10. ^ "St Catherine's College Official School Website". stcatherinescollege.school.nz.
  11. ^ "St Catherine's College Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  12. ^ "St Patrick's College Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.
  13. ^ "St Patrick's College Official School Website". stpats.school.nz.
  14. ^ "St Patrick's College Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.

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