Top ten places for families

January 4th, 2009 at 11:38 am by David Farrar

The Herald on Sunday reports on an ASB report on the top places for families to live. They are:

1. Wellington
2. Queenstown Lakes
3. Selwyn
4. North Shore
5. Ashburton
6=. Auckland
6=. Waimakariri
8. Porirua
9. Christchurch
10. Rodney

I’m very amused that Ashburton is above Auckland and Porirua above Christchurch :-)

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28 Responses to “Top ten places for families”

  1. billyborker (1,102 comments) says:

    Pleased your amused, but i am disappointed waimak is rated so highly; don’t want any more townies coming out here to shatter the peace and quiet. :-(

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  2. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    Having lived in Wellington, Porirua and Lower Hutt, I would put Lower Hutt at the head of the three for raising children – it has better facilities and is flat! The only advantage Wellington City has is the cultural facilities, but they are only a fifteen minute drive away from where I live.

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  3. Ross Miller (1,705 comments) says:

    Waimak can’t be that good if the best they can do is elect Clayton Cosgrove as their MP … sigh. Mind you they did have the good sense to vote National in the Party Vote.

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  4. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    North Shore should be split into two distinct areas but deservedly rates well. On the pros would be probably some of the best schools, sports facilities, parks, beaches, shopping centres, low violent crime rate and no nightclubs to speak of.
    On the cons would be the pitiful hospital, boy racers …….and the embarrassing mayor

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  5. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Porirua?????????

    El Salvador wasn’t eligible?

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  6. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    What, No Huntly?

    Stunned.

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  7. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Don’t know what the hell the use is of putting Auckland in there – Auckland is HUGE and fairly diverse in all significant measures.

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  8. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    I too am amazed at Porirua. Then again, it was a few years ago in line for Olympics. From the Herald 2002:

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    In an attempt to influence the members of the international Olympic committee on their choice of venue for the games in the year 2004, the organisers of Porirua City’s bid have already drawn up an itinerary and schedule of events. A copy has been leaked and is reproduced below.

    OPENING CEREMONY. The Olympic flame will be ignited by a petrol bomb thrown by a native of the city (preferably from the Titahi Bay area), wearing the traditional tea cosy. The flame will be contained in a large chip van situated on the roof of the stadium.

    THE EVENTS. In previous Olympic games, Porirua competitors have not been particularly successful. In order to redress the balance, some of the events have been altered slightly to the advantage of local athletes.

    100 METRES SPRINT. Competitors will have to hold a video recorder and microwave oven one in each arm) and on the sound of the starting pistol, a police dog will be released from a cage 10 yards behind the athletes.

    100 METRES HURDLES. As above but with added obstacles (ie. car bonnets, hedges, gardens, fences, walls etc.).

    SHOOTING. A strong challenge is expected from the local men in this event. The first target will be a moving police van. In the second round, competitors will aim at a post office clerk, bank teller or Securitas style wages delivery man.

    BOXING. Entry to the boxing will be restricted to husband and wife teams, and will take place on a Friday night. The husband will be given 15 pints of Lion Brown while the wife will be told not to make him any tea when he gets home. The bout will then commence.

    CYCLING TIME TRIALS. Competitors will be asked to break into the Mana College bike shed and take an expensive mountain bike owned by some mummy’s boy from the country on his first trip away from home. All against the clock.

    MODERN PENTATHLON. Amended to include mugging, breaking and entering, flashing, joyriding and arson.

    SWIMMING. Competitors will be thrown off the bridge over Paremata. The first three survivors back will decide the medals.

    MENS 50KM WALK. Unfortunately this will have to be cancelled as the police cannot guarantee the safety of anyone walking the streets of Cannons Creek.

    GYMNASTICS. Will now be held in Taylor Prestons meat works, and will include carcass vaulting and swinging from meat hooks.

    RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS. All competitors will be graded on their ability to sway drunkenly to Metallica/Tupac.

    RELAY. Involves four competitors removing an appliance of their choice from a house in Tawa and getting back to Waitangirua using at least four stolen cars.

    DISCUS. Will be decided by which contestant can get a hubcap off a Holden and throw it to his mate the fastest.

    ROWING. The 500 metre skull will be changed to the 500 litre scull and promises to be the most hotly contested event. Many, many, many athletes are currently in training in secret locations through out the city (Lovelocks, Top Tavern, Brodrick)

    THE CLOSING CEREMONY. Entertainment will include formation rave-dancing by the members of the Porirua Hospital in the Community anti-drug campaigners, synchronised rock throwing and music by the Linden Choir. The Olympic flame will be extinguished by someone dropping an old washing machine onto it from the top floor of the block of flats next to the stadium. The stadium will be then boarded up before the local athletes break into it and remove all the copper piping and the central heating boiler.

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  9. big bruv (14,122 comments) says:

    How did a dump like Christchurch make it as high as number 9?, one can only assume that the judges took a fairly liberal approach to the term “family” as we all know that in Christchurch marrying your sister is the norm.

    I also wonder if Wellington will still be a highly rated next year once the Nat’s start taking the razor to the public service, all of a sudden the bastards might be faced with a does of reality not normally reserved form those with their noses in the public trough.

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  10. dad4justice (8,302 comments) says:

    Your typical dropkick malicious comment from big blouse regarding Canterbury, but then again the idiot may have a point, because Family Court applications, CYFS notifications and families requiring food bank assistance has soared to record levels in the region in 2008.

    [DPF: Nothing wrong with his original comment, so you get 10 demerits for this comment]

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  11. billyborker (1,102 comments) says:

    because Family Court applications, CYFS notifications and families requiring food bank assistance has soared to record levels in the region in 2008

    Then stop beating your wife, don’t abuse your kids and get a job. :-)

    [DPF: And that is 30 demerits. Would be 50 if not for the smiley, but you know that comment will lead to disorder]

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  12. dad4justice (8,302 comments) says:

    David Farrar – how long do I have to put up with this borker #### ? I react you demerit me and ban me for 4 months. The bb disease is thriving well today on kiwiblog.

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  13. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Redbaiter, Is that place twinned with Liverpool?

    Very, very funny!

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  14. Ross Nixon (559 comments) says:

    DPF has *obviously* removed Palmerston North from the list – should be near the top!

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  15. peterwn (3,298 comments) says:

    Porirua does include Titahi Bay, Plimmerton, Pukeura Bay and the Pauatahanui inlet areas. These are popular areas and Titahi Bay is a ‘value for money’ area – less expensive housing in a beautiful spot.

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  16. ophiuchus (84 comments) says:

    So in general, Canterbury is the best region to live in, Selwyn at 3, Ashburton at 5, Waimakariri at 6 equal, and the city itself at 9.

    Ross Miller: I should point out Waimakariri actually had more National party votes than most of the provincial cities. And it was the second most marginal seat in the country.

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  17. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    Ross Miller – Aaron Keon for Act split the vote in Waimak. But for that Clayton would not have returned. Also remember Waimak includes a lot of urban Labour areas. DPF nuked Palmerston North!

    Wellington is probably stacked a bit by overpaid public servants. Clearly Vegas is the best place for families.

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  18. bharmer (687 comments) says:

    # Michael E (129) Vote: Add rating 2 Subtract rating 0 Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Having lived in Wellington, Porirua and Lower Hutt, I would put Lower Hutt at the head of the three for raising children – it has better facilities and is flat!

    As a resident of the Western Hills, I can assure you that it is not flat (except in the inferior bits ;-))

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  19. wikiriwhis business (4,114 comments) says:

    I am amazed

    Hamilton is truly a bigger secret than I surmised.

    Aucklanders fleeing the metropolis are going thru Hamz like its a ghost town. They completely ignore it for Palmy and Wanganui.

    I say FANTASTIC.

    Just keep ignoring us, keep our rates down and keep us pure Waikato citizens.

    Jolly good.

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  20. Oswald Bastable (32 comments) says:

    The ‘Village of the Damned’ made ninth!!!

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  21. Dazzaman (1,144 comments) says:

    Aucklanders fleeing the metropolis are going thru Hamz like its a ghost town. They completely ignore it for Palmy and Wanganui.

    Gee, I dunno about that wiki, Wanga’s maybe, Palmy, nah……on the way back to the Manawatu/Horriblenua from camping for the week south of Cambridge, the traffic seemed to disappear after Taihape?

    Went into the Taihape New World for a few travel supplies, told the checkout girl we were on our way to Shannon and she sniggered! I just laughed at her and said “Your laughing about me going to Shannon….and you live in Taihape!” Cheeky wench.

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  22. billyborker (1,102 comments) says:

    billyborker (138) 0 11 Says:

    January 4th, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    because Family Court applications, CYFS notifications and families requiring food bank assistance has soared to record levels in the region in 2008

    Then stop beating your wife, don’t abuse your kids and get a job.
    [DPF: And that is 30 demerits. Would be 50 if not for the smiley, but you know that comment will lead to disorder]

    Is there no place for humour or satire here? We all know daddy is the biggest thrower of stones here, but just like a little girl, he always runs for mummy when the stones are tossed back. I thought it was a clever (smart arse?) riposte, probably worth 50 points! :-) )-;

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  23. Dazzaman (1,144 comments) says:

    By crikey Redbaiter, that was hilarious……even my wife laughed at it! Porirua…..gee, who would’ve believed it…..did that Herald writer accept a flatscreen TV that “fell off the back of a truck” from a rellie in Porirua to put them on that list?

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  24. John Ansell (874 comments) says:

    Time you ignoramuses learned a bit about Porirua.

    I think you’ll find Porirua City (as opposed to the eastern enclave you’re thinking of) is something like the second wealthiest city in the country per capita.

    (I know from experience it’s certainly got the highest rates.)

    Yes, it contains Cannons Creek and Waitangirua and a famous mental hospital (now shut).

    It also contains the affluent, true blue northern suburbs of Whitby, Papakowhai, Paremata, Camborne, Pauatahanui, Plimmerton and the new Aotea.

    The stupidest thing Porirua ever did – and the reason for the wider country’s continued ignorance – was to name the expanded city after its slum area.

    Imagine you citizens of Howick living in Otara City instead of Manakau City and you get the idea of how misunderstood many Poriruans feel.

    Now having said all that, and speaking as someone who has lived for 16 years in Lower Hutt, 13 years in Kapiti, 10 years in Wellington and 9 years in Porirua, I agree with the person who said that Wellington is the worst of those areas in which to bring up kids.

    Much-maligned Lower Hutt has a lot to recommend it. Being able to get around by bicycle gives it a major advantage over the hillier cities, as Christchurch readers will understand.

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  25. dad4justice (8,302 comments) says:

    You are one sick unit billy borker or just maybe you are married to big blouse. Sick, sick ,sick. Oh well that’s the internet where cowardly slime does excel. You are such a disgrace to everybody on this blog.
    GOODBYE ####!!

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  26. PhilBest (5,125 comments) says:

    HUH. When Wellington actually does something to make housing affordable, instead of running a land supply racket and giving developers and existing home owners carte blanche to print money at the expense of the young first home buyer, I will start to take the idea seriously that Wellington is a family-friendly city. Same goes for most of NZ. Texas and many other States in the USA have got the right idea.

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  27. PhilBest (5,125 comments) says:

    Oh, and by the way, I too take my hat off to Porirua. The secret to their success is called, “knowing what side your bread is buttered on”, and regarding business as an assett to the region rather than an enemy to be withstood and a cash cow to be milked.

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  28. Richard Hurst (868 comments) says:

    so….
    Wellington is rated as the best place for families to live.
    DPF lives in Wellington.
    DPF has a solid reliable income.
    DPF appears to be an intelligent, responsible person.
    DPF is still young enough to father children.

    so….all the signs and omens point to one thing ;)

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