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Coordinates: 41°06′47″S 174°52′05″E / 41.113°S 174.868°E / -41.113; 174.868

Papakowhai, a suburb of Porirua City, lies approximately 22 km north of Wellington in New Zealand.

Papakowhai suburb of Porirua, North Island, New Zealand.JPG
A view from the north-east: Porirua Harbour to the right, Porirua city centre and Colonial Knob ridge in the background.
Basic information
Local authority Porirua City Council
Electoral ward Northern [1]
Population 2,460[2] (2006)
Postcode(s) 5024
Northeast Paremata [3]
East Ascot Park
South Aotea
Northwest (Porirua Harbour)
Kowhai tree in bloom at Papakowhai School

The name "Papakowhai" (Māori pronunciation: [papaˈkɔfai]) in the Māori language means "yellow earth". As well as being the name of the suburb it is the name of the main road connecting the suburb to the south. Most of the other streets in Papakowhai take their names from Scottish rivers.

The first European known to have settled in the area was William Bowler in the early 19th century.

As of 2016 Papakowhai hosts a primary school, the Royal New Zealand Police College, Aotea Lagoon public park, and indie rock FM radio station, andHow.FM.[4][5]


  1. ^ Porirua City Council, Porirua City Boundary, Suburban Areas and Wards Map
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand, QuickStats About Papakowhai
  3. ^ Porirua City Council, Porirua City Boundary and Suburban Areas Map
  4. ^ Papakowhai unlikely base for US indie rock station by Andrea O'Neil (KapiMana News, 28 May 2012)
  5. ^ The best internet radio stations by Pete Naughton (The Telegraph UK, 31 October 2013)

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