Meeanee, New Zealand

Meeanee is a suburb of the city of Napier, in the Hawke's Bay Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It was named after the Battle of Meeanee in India (now spelled Miani, but the suburb has retained the older spelling), won by Sir Charles Napier, the city's namesake.[1] Along with such locations as Clive and Havelock North, it is one of several places within Hawke's Bay to be named for colonial Indian events or people.

Meeanee
Suburb of Napier
St. Mary's Church, Meeanee.
St. Mary's Church, Meeanee.
Meeanee is located in North Island
Meeanee
Meeanee
Coordinates: 39°28′53″S 176°53′53″E / 39.481459°S 176.897960°E / -39.481459; 176.897960Coordinates: 39°28′53″S 176°53′53″E / 39.481459°S 176.897960°E / -39.481459; 176.897960
CountryNew Zealand
RegionHawke's Bay Region
Territorial authorityNapier City
Named forBattle of Meeanee[1]
Elevation
0–3 m (0–10 ft)
Population
 (2013 Census[2])
 • Total1,677
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode
4112
Area Code06

HistoryEdit

Meeanee was the only access inland to Taradale until the road was built in 1873, and was the site of a Catholic Marist mission station from the 1850s.[3] The priests introduced viticulture to the Hawke's Bay region, planting several vineyards and establishing the Mission Estate Winery in 1851, New Zealand's oldest surviving winemaking concern.[4] They also built St Mary's Church in 1863, which still stands but is now a privately owned restaurant and event venue.[5]

EconomyEdit

 
Apple orchard in Meeanee, Napier

Meeanee is located on the flat coastal plain south of Napier, and surrounded by farmland and apple orchards.

EducationEdit

Meeanee School is co-educational Year 1-8 state primary school,[6] with a roll of 85 as of March 2020.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "St Thomas' Anglican Church". Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  2. ^ "2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Meeanee". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  3. ^ Pollock, Kerryn. "Catholic mission station, Meeanee, 1850s". Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  4. ^ Dalley, Bronwyn (24 November 2008). "Wine – Page 1. 19th-century origins". Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  5. ^ "St Mary's Church". Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Meeanee School Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  7. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Meeanee School Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.