Topic: Papanui

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Papanui History

Papanui is a suburb of Christchurch City, New Zealand. It is sited five kilometers to the northwest of the city centre and is a middle socio-economic area with a population of about 4000 people. The suburb is located at the junction of three busy thoroughfares; Papanui Road leading to the City, the Main North Road that leads to North Canterbury and Harewood Road that leads to Christchurch International Airport.

The Maori name 'Papanui' literally translated means 'Big plain', a name which would aptly suit most of central Christchurch, which is one of New Zealand's flattest cities. Over the last 150 years Papanui has developed into a major suburban centre and is a satellite centre for Government and City Council services.

The area has two high schools and five primary schools. Commercial growth has been strong with most of the Trades and Professions centred around the shopping areas. There is little farm land left in the suburb with most of it having been developed into residential and commercial properties. The original Papanui shopping village is located at the Papanui Junction and the area is home to Northlands Shopping Centre on the Main North Road, which is one of the largest malls in the South Island

Click here to read a brief history of the area including the Earthquakes 2010-2011.

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Source :David O'Malley
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