is a residential suburban area within Auckland
city, in the North Island
of New Zealand
. It is located four kilometres to the southeast of the city centre. According to the 2001 census, Remuera has a population of 6,324.
The suburb extends from Hobson Bay and the Orakei Basin (two arms of the Waitemata Harbour to the north and east, to the main thoroughfare of State Highway 1 in the southwest. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Newmarket, Greenlane and Meadowbank.
Traditionally occupied by the higher-income bracket, especially on its "Northern Slopes" (a term that refers to the part of Remuera north of Remuera Road) the suburb has become regarded as the stereotypical retreat of the rich in popular New Zealand thought, and is therefore used as a name to describe this income group - usually in disparaging tones. The term 'Remuera tractor', for example, is a common nickname for upmarket SUV vehicles. Remuera is home to many well known New Zealanders including Paul Holmes and the late Sir Edmund Hillary.
There are several schools in Remuera, most highly regarded for their education standards. Many of the schools within and close to Remuera are private schools, often with a religious component to their curriculum. Remuera Primary, Victoria Avenue Primary School, Dilworth Primary School, King's School
for Boys, Saint Kentigerns School, Remuera Intermediate
, St Michaels Primary and Corran School for Girls to name a few. The area is also well-endowed with good State secondary schools including: Auckland Grammar School
, St Peter's College
(both for boys) and (for girls) Epsom Girls Grammar School
and Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
Remuera's main business and shopping area stretches along Remuera Road from Armadale Road to St Vincent's Avenue. Smaller shopping areas are situated at Upland Road and Benson Road.
Remuera is a part of the Epsom electorate
for Parliamentary representation, and the Hobson Ward for council representation. Remuera represents approximately 50% of the population in each political area. The current Member of Parliament for Epsom is Rodney Hide
from ACT New Zealand
, and all local councillors are from the Citizens & Ratepayers
Remuera has had a long history of human occupation, starting back in the early 1300’s when the Maori came to the area. They named the place O-hine-rangi - the place of Hinerangi (girl of the sky). It wasn't until some four hundred years later that it was named Remuwera
or Remu-wera – roughly translated as 'burnt hem of a garment' and reflecting the volcanic heritage of the area with the volcanic cone of the same name.
Eventually the Wai-o-hua gave way to the Ngāti Whātua who are now considered the local iwi.
When early European settlers moved into Remuera it quickly became one of the most exclusive places to live. The first shops opened in Remuera in 1890.