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Glenfield, New Zealand

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The front top parking lot at Glenfield Mall. Most of the parking, and most of the mall itself, is behind and below on further levels.
The front top parking lot at Glenfield Mall. Most of the parking, and most of the mall itself, is behind and below on further levels.
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
 • Total13,539

Glenfield (called Mayfield until 1912) is a suburb on Auckland's North Shore in New Zealand.


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

Glenfield, comprising the statistical areas of Glenfield West, Glenfield South West, Glenfield Central and Glenfield East, had a population of 13,539 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,176 people (9.5%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 2,061 people (18.0%) since the 2006 census. There were 4,257 households. There were 6,708 males and 6,828 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.98 males per female, with 2,310 people (17.1%) aged under 15 years, 3,381 (25.0%) aged 15 to 29, 6,336 (46.8%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,515 (11.2%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 44.5% European/Pākehā, 7.0% Māori, 4.8% Pacific peoples, 47.6% Asian, and 4.8% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 54.2%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 43.1% had no religion, 39.8% were Christian, and 12.4% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 3,618 (32.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 1,251 (11.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 6,012 (53.5%) people were employed full-time, 1,569 (14.0%) were part-time, and 426 (3.8%) were unemployed.[1]


It is located to the north of the Waitematā Harbour, nine kilometres northwest of the Auckland city centre. The suburb is located in the northern inland part of the North Shore, and is surrounded by the suburbs of Marlborough, Sunnynook, Forrest Hill, Birkenhead, Northcote, Windy Ridge, and is situated close to Takapuna. The northern part of Glenfield is regarded as a separate suburb known as Glenfield North. This latter suburb is sited close to State Highway 1 as it stretches north towards Albany.

Glenfield has two main areas of commerce. One is the Glenfield Mall and the surrounding shops. The other is Wairau Valley, which is a former industrial area that is now a mixture of commercial and industrial properties.


The district's first official name was Freemans after John Freeman, who established a post office bureau in his home on the corner of Glenfield and Kaipatiki Roads in 1888.[2][3] It was commonly referred to as Mayfield because the white blossom of the manuka and kanuka trees reminded settlers of May springtime ‘back home’ in England. The existence of Mayfield in Canterbury meant that the name was never officially bestowed upon the area by the postal service. On 12 March 1912, the area was renamed Glenfield by the postal service. The name Mayfield lives on in Mayfield Road, a quiet side road several hundred metres north of the Glenfield shops.

Prior to the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1959, Glenfield primarily consisted of farmland. During the 1960s, as access to the area improved, many of the large farm properties were subdivided to provide space for residential development.

On 9 December 1971, in response to fears about commercial sprawl down the length of Glenfield Rd, Glenfield Mall opened. It was among the earliest enclosed malls in the country. It featured a large aviary in the centre of the mall.[4] In 2000, Glenfield Mall was completely redeveloped as Westfield Glenfield, but in 2015 reverted to its original name.

From 1 November 2010, Glenfield became part of the Kaipatiki Local Board area in the new Auckland Council.


Southern Cross Hospital North Harbour, a privately owned hospital, is in Wairau Road.


Glenfield College, founded in 1969, is a secondary (years 9–13) school with a roll of 492 students.[5] Glenfield Intermediate, founded in 1972,[6] is an intermediate (years 7–8) school with 313 students.[7] Glenfield Primary School, founded in 1959, is a contributing primary (years 1–6) school with a roll of 287.[8] All three schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of March 2020.[9]

The South Seas Film, Television, and Animation school is in Glenfield.


Glenfield is home to Glenfield RFC, who are a member of the North Harbour Rugby Union, and Glenfield Rovers, who compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1B. The Glenfield Greyhounds rugby league club are based in nearby Sunnynook.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Glenfield West (123100), Glenfield South West (123300), Glenfield Central (124000) and Glenfield East (124600). 2018 Census place summary: Glenfield West 2018 Census place summary: Glenfield South West 2018 Census place summary: Glenfield Central 2018 Census place summary: Glenfield East
  2. ^ Old Glenfield, A Portrait in Photographs, pg17. Gordon Ell, The Bush Press of New Zealand, 2005. ISBN 0-908608-84-5
  3. ^ Electoral Rolls
  4. ^ "Glenfield Heritage – North Shore City Local History" (PDF). North Shore City Council. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  5. ^ Education Counts: Glenfield College
  6. ^ "Glenfield Intermediate School". Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  7. ^ Education Counts: Glenfield Intermediate
  8. ^ Education Counts: Glenfield Primary School
  9. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 26 April 2020.

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