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The area has a long history of habitation, due to its fertile lands, a productive harbour, and proximity to the Manukau-Tamaki isthmus. Māori of Ngāti Whātua were the inhabitants until they were supplanted by European farmers in the 19th century. The development of market gardening brought more people into the area and the land remained used in this way until the 1960s when housing developments were created to service Auckland's growing population and industry in nearby Onehunga and Otahuhu.
The area is one is of relative poverty and until 2005 had one of New Zealand's largest trailer parks. It hosts the Mangere campus of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, the national distribution headquarters of supermarket chain Progressive Enterprises as well as large greenhouses in tomato production
Favona is under the local governance of the Manukau City Council.
According to the 2001 census, Favona has a population of 5934.