Tāmaki is a small suburb of East Auckland, 11 kilometres from the Auckland CBD, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located by the banks of the estuarial Tāmaki River, which is a southern arm of the Hauraki Gulf. The suburb is between the suburbs of Point England to the north and Panmure to the south.

CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardMaungakiekie-Tāmaki Ward
Local boardMaungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board
Board subdivisionTāmaki
 • Total4,278
St Johns Point England
(Tamaki River)
Mount Wellington Panmure

Tāmaki is under the local governance of Auckland Council. It is part of the much larger Tāmaki parliamentary electorate.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [1]

Tāmaki had a population of 4,278 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 324 people (8.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 345 people (8.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,167 households. There were 2,118 males and 2,160 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.98 males per female. The median age was 30.5 years, with 1,026 people (24.0%) aged under 15 years, 1,080 (25.2%) aged 15 to 29, 1,785 (41.7%) aged 30 to 64, and 384 (9.0%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 30.5% European/Pākehā, 25.5% Māori, 42.6% Pacific peoples, 18.7% Asian, and 2.7% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 35.8%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 29.9% had no religion, 51.3% were Christian, and 12.6% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 531 (16.3%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 687 (21.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $22,700. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,479 (45.5%) people were employed full-time, 399 (12.3%) were part-time, and 222 (6.8%) were unemployed.[1]


Tāmaki Primary School is a contributing primary school (years 1–6) with a roll of 216.[2] Sommerville School is a school for students with special educational needs with a roll of 315.[3] These schools are adjacent to each other. Both schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of March 2021.[4]


To the west of the suburb is Mount Wellington, a 137-metre volcanic peak which is part of the Auckland volcanic field, and which was formed by an eruption around 9,000 years ago.

Related namesEdit

By a quirk of geographical naming, the suburb of East Tāmaki is located several kilometres to the south of Tāmaki because it takes its name from the fact that it is on the eastern side of the Tamaki River, rather than from its relationship to Tāmaki.

The name Tāmaki was the Māori name for the Auckland isthmus, and was later applied to the eastern part of early Auckland (towards the Tamaki River), as in the name of the Tamaki Road Board.[5]

The name Tāmaki is of contested origin. It is an ancient Polynesian word for battle; it can also mean full of people, i.e., heavily populated – an ironic possibility given that the Maori name of the heavily populated Auckland isthmus in Māori is Tāmaki-makau-rau. A third possible origin of the names is Tā-Maki, meaning successful attack by Maki, which was the name of a local tribal chief.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Tamaki (147000). 2018 Census place summary: Tamaki
  2. ^ Education Counts: Tamaki School
  3. ^ Education Counts: Sommerville School
  4. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  5. ^ McClure, Margaret (5 August 2016). "Auckland region – Government, education and health – Local government on the Tamaki isthmus, 1871–1952". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Coordinates: 36°53′27″S 174°51′24″E / 36.890776°S 174.856546°E / -36.890776; 174.856546