Manurewa is a major suburb in South Auckland, New Zealand. It was part of Manukau City before the creation of the Auckland super city in 2010. It is located 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the Manukau City Centre, and 26 km (16 mi) southeast of Auckland CBD.

Manurewa is located in New Zealand
Manurewa is located in New Zealand Auckland
Coordinates: 37°01′25″S 174°53′56″E / 37.023481°S 174.898937°E / -37.023481; 174.898937Coordinates: 37°01′25″S 174°53′56″E / 37.023481°S 174.898937°E / -37.023481; 174.898937
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Train station(s)Manurewa Train Station
Homai Hillpark, Manukau Central Manurewa East
Clendon Park
Randwick Park
Mahia Park Takanini

Manurewa is Māori for "drifting kite". The name refers to a kite flying competition where a kite line was severed and drifted away. The kite's owner was the chief Tamapahore who had a (fortified village) on Matuku-tururu (Wiri Mountain). The name Manurewa commemorates the incident by the name.[1]

Manurewa has a high proportion of non-European ethnicities, making it one of the most multi-cultural suburbs in New Zealand. Employment for many is at the many companies of nearby Wiri, Papakura, and at the steel mill at Glenbrook.

Manurewa's main shopping centre, Southmall, is located on the Great South Road. The suburb is bisected by the Auckland Southern Motorway. Real estate values in Manurewa vary greatly.

Auckland Botanic Gardens entrance

Manurewa is the home of Auckland Botanic Gardens which receives over a million visitors a year.

Sport and recreationEdit

Rugby UnionEdit

The Manurewa Rugby Football Club is based at Mountfort Park Manurewa. They were founded in 1921 and now play within the Counties Manukau Rugby Union Club competition and are one of the biggest and most successful Rugby clubs within the region. They have a large junior section plus and string Golden Oldies Section made up of many past players. They also have associated sports of AFL, Netball & Softball operating within the club. They were originally based at Jellicoe Park in Manurewa and had a club room affectionately known as the "Old Black Shed". They built the new clubrooms at Mountfort Park and moved to this site officially in 1978. Notable current Super 15 Chiefs players Tim Nanai-Williams and Bundee Aki are former Manurewa Rugby Club players.

Association footballEdit

The football (soccer) club Manurewa AFC who play in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1A are based in Manurewa.

Rugby leagueEdit

The Manurewa Marlins are based in Manurewa.

Local governmentEdit

Manurewa had a local government just like other suburbs of Auckland at that time. The local government was called Manurewa Borough Council, which started in 1937 and merged into Manukau City Council in 1965, eventually amalgamated into Auckland Council in November 2010.

Mayors during Manurewa Borough CouncilEdit

  • 1937–1944 William Johnston Ferguson
  • 1944–1946 Frederick Henry Barnard
  • 1946–1948 John Augusta Kelly
  • 1948–1953 Reginald Frank Judson
  • 1953–1956 Cecil Millington Crawford
  • 1956–1965 Harry Beaumont

Education in ManurewaEdit

Primary educationEdit

Manurewa has a number of Primary Schools in its zone:

  • Clendon Park School
  • Clayton Park Primary School (includes intermediate)
  • Finlayson Park School
  • Hillpark School
  • Homai Primary School
  • Leabank School
  • Manukau Christian School
  • Manurewa Central School
  • Manurewa East School
  • Manurewa South School
  • Manurewa West School
  • Randwick Park School
  • Reremoana School
  • Roscommon School
  • Rowandale School
  • St Anne's School
  • Te Kura Akonga o Manurewa
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Manurewa
  • The Gardens School (includes intermediate)
  • Weymouth Primary

Secondary educationEdit

Intermediate schools:

Secondary schools:


  1. ^ "Local History". Manurewa Marae. Retrieved 27 September 2017.

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