Te Papanui (Enderley) Boundaries and Land use

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Like the Garden City described by E. Howard (EH), Enderley, located within what was originally a large native forest, known to Maaori as Te Papanui, has a green park at its centre, with some public buildings including a hall and a place for managed social activity. At the edge of the park are shops (EH expected these to sell manufactured goods). Working out from the centre, first there is housing with ample grounds, while further out housing lot sizes become as small as 20x100ft [6mx30m = 180m2]. At the edge of the community are dairies, suburban shopping centres  (markets) and places of worship, while further out the plan shows Colleges and homes for people who do not belong in a utopia community*. EH’s diagram shows a radial street pattern, but also states ‘plan cannot be drawn until site selected’ and ask that avenues be arranged in crescents, as we can see in Enderley.

*‘Housing NZ pulled down all the state-owned houses that had been housing gang members’

Population density map from https://koordinates.com/layer/7322-new-zealand-population-density-by-meshblock/

Enderley’s western boundary is Peachgrove road, and its eastern boundary is somewhere between Wairere Drive and Tramway road. The southern social boundary of the Enderley neighbourhood is somewhere between the rail line and Enderley Ave. In the north, Enderley’s walkable boundary is limited by a large block separating Insoll Ave and Snell Dr, which has no mid-block cut through.

The Enderley Wikipedia page provides a history of Enderley as a location, which begins  in the late 1890s and also has up-to-date data from the 2018 census.

In Enderley the amount of land set aside for recreation, at less than 3%, is very low, which is odd for a planned state housing area. This can partly be explained by the fact that Enderley was planned when the ‘Escalating building costs in the 1950s led the … government to lower the standard of new state housing. The results were not pretty. In places like South Auckland and Porirua, uniformity of design, the dominance of poor households, and a lack of services and amenities, eventually created ghetto communities’. This only led to higher costs for everyone in the long run.

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