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Paparangi is one of the northern suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand. It lies approximately 10 km north of the city centre, north-east of Johnsonville, north-west of Newlands and south of Grenada and Woodridge.

Paparangi and Newlands community

Once our Year 6 students graduate, they generally transition to Newlands Intermediate, which is less than 700 meters up Beazley Avenue. You can visit Newlands Intermediate’s website here. We are also fortunate to have Newlands College located close by. You can learn more about the college here.

Prior to primary school many our of children attend Paparangi Kindergarten. Wellington Kindergartens has recently merged with Rimutaka Kindergarten Association. The two organisations are collectively now known as He Whanau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association Incorporated (Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens) You can visit their website here.

Paparangi School also has close links with the Nga Hau E Wha O Paparangi Marae. Positively building on this relationship has been a regular goal set by Paparangi school’s Board of Trustees. You can learn more about the marae and their various activities here.

Paparangi is well-serviced by the Newlands Bus Company. There is a bus stop literally at the school gates. You can check out the bus timetable here.

The Newlands Community Centre always has something on, be it the latest production by the New Players theatre company or sewing, dance or fitness classes or toastmasters. The drop-in lounge is open for the community to share a cup of tea or coffee, read the newspaper, or just relax and chat with others. You can learn more about the community centre here.

A little bit of history
The Paparangi area was settled by a farmer Thomas Drake from Devonshire who was a descendant of John Drake, brother to Sir Francis Drake. He obtained a Crown Grant of 332 acres of land in 1861. His widow Ceres Selina Drake sold the land to the Crown on 3 August 1897, and it was broken into small farms of the Paparangi Estate, as one of the Small Farms Settlements of Richard Seddon’s Liberal Government. Working men got a 2 hectare (5 acre) lease-in-perpetuity section on which they could grow fruit and vegetables and keep pigs, bees and fowls. In the 1920s Sid Styles had a dairy farm, Ocean View Farm in Paparangi supplying milk and cream.

The area, originally farms and part of Newlands became a dormitory suburb of Wellington with major subdivisions in the early 1960s. Some of the street names (like Mark Avenue) are the first names of children living in the area then.