Opawa is an inner suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, located 2.5 kilometres south-east of the city centre.

Opawa
Coordinates: 43°33′05″S 172°39′43″E / 43.551342°S 172.661937°E / -43.551342; 172.661937Coordinates: 43°33′05″S 172°39′43″E / 43.551342°S 172.661937°E / -43.551342; 172.661937
CountryNew Zealand
CityChristchurch
Local authorityChristchurch City Council
Electoral wardHeathcote
Area
 • Land81 ha (200 acres)
Population
 (June 2021)[2]
 • Total1,360
Waltham Woolston
Opawa
St Martins Hillsborough

The name is a contraction of "Ōpāwaho", which, in Māori, means a place of ('ō') an outer or outpost ('pāwaho'). "Ōpāwaho" or "Opaawaho" is the Māori name for the Ōpāwaho / Heathcote River.[3]

DemographicsEdit

Opawa covers 0.81 km2 (0.31 sq mi).[1] It had an estimated population of 1,360 as of June 2021,[2] with a population density of 1,679 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
20061,434—    
20131,302−1.37%
20181,365+0.95%
Source: [4]

Opawa had a population of 1,365 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 63 people (4.8%) since the 2013 census, and a decrease of 69 people (-4.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 504 households. There were 642 males and 723 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.89 males per female. The median age was 47.5 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 219 people (16.0%) aged under 15 years, 186 (13.6%) aged 15 to 29, 621 (45.5%) aged 30 to 64, and 342 (25.1%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 90.8% European/Pākehā, 6.6% Māori, 1.3% Pacific peoples, 5.1% Asian, and 2.4% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 21.3%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 52.7% had no religion, 37.8% were Christian, 0.9% were Hindu, 1.1% were Buddhist and 2.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 363 (31.7%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 195 (17.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $33,300, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 501 (43.7%) people were employed full-time, 180 (15.7%) were part-time, and 30 (2.6%) were unemployed.[4]

EducationEdit

Ōpāwa School is a full primary school for years 1 to 8,[5] with a roll of 301 students. It opened in 1872.[6]

Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School is a state-integrated composite school for years 1 to 13,[7] with a roll of 344 students. The school opened in 1975 and became state-integrated in 1989.[8]

St Mark's School is an Anglican state-integrated full primary school for years 1 to 8.[9] It has a roll of 225 students. It started in 1921.[10]

All these schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of March 2022.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  3. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling (ed.). Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. pp. 287f. ISBN 978-0-14-320410-7.
  4. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Opawa (330900). 2018 Census place summary: Opawa
  5. ^ Education Counts: Opawa School
  6. ^ "Welcome From Our Principal". Ōpāwa School. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  7. ^ Education Counts: Rudolf Steiner School
  8. ^ "About Our School". Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  9. ^ Education Counts: St Mark's School
  10. ^ "St Mark's History". St Mark's School. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  11. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 April 2022.