Upper Riccarton

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Upper Riccarton
St Peter's Anglican Church, a landmark of Upper Riccarton, showing damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
St Peter's Anglican Church, a landmark of Upper Riccarton, showing damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
Coordinates: 43°31′54″S 172°34′27″E / 43.53178°S 172.57427°E / -43.53178; 172.57427Coordinates: 43°31′54″S 172°34′27″E / 43.53178°S 172.57427°E / -43.53178; 172.57427
CountryNew Zealand
CityChristchurch
Local authorityChristchurch City Council
Electoral wardRiccarton
Area
 • Land220 ha (540 acres)
Population
 (June 2022)[2]
 • Total7,980
Avonhead Ilam Fendalton
Sockburn
Upper Riccarton
Riccarton
Wigram Middleton Addington
Antonio House, a heritage property built in 1909

Upper Riccarton is a suburb of Christchurch. It is due west of Riccarton.

Upper Riccarton is made up of residential, retail and education areas. It includes a major intersection known as "Church Corner" (the intersection of Riccarton, Main South and Yaldhurst Roads), as well as the Bush Inn Shopping Centre and multiple schools.

A local landmark is St Peter's Church. The original wooden church, consecrated in 1858, was built by Isaac Luck. The later stone church was built between 1876 and 1929, with Benjamin Mountfort the architect for the initial work, but Cecil Wood undertaken most of the architectural design.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Upper Riccarton, comprising the statistical areas of Upper Riccarton, Bush Inn and Wharenui, covers 2.20 km2 (0.85 sq mi).[1] It had an estimated population of 7,980 as of June 2022, with a population density of 3,627 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
20066,183—    
20136,903+1.59%
20187,533+1.76%
Source: [4]

Upper Riccarton had a population of 7,533 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 630 people (9.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,350 people (21.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,223 households. There were 4,026 males and 3,507 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.15 males per female, with 852 people (11.3%) aged under 15 years, 2,973 (39.5%) aged 15 to 29, 2,508 (33.3%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,200 (15.9%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 56.6% European/Pākehā, 7.5% Māori, 4.4% Pacific peoples, 35.0% Asian, and 3.7% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 43.5%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 43.7% had no religion, 40.1% were Christian, 3.5% were Hindu, 2.8% were Muslim, 1.6% were Buddhist and 3.5% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,485 (22.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 903 (13.5%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 2,271 (34.0%) people were employed full-time, 1,218 (18.2%) were part-time, and 348 (5.2%) were unemployed.[4]

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Upper Riccarton 1,683 477 29.3 years $19,700[5]
Bush Inn 3,090 942 28.4 years $17,000[6]
Wharenui 2,760 804 30.8 years $20,100[7]
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800

Economy[edit]

Bush Inn Centre is located in Upper Riccarton and has 60 stores.[8]

Education[edit]

Riccarton High School is a secondary school for years 9 to 13.[9] It has a roll of 1029 students. It opened in 1958.[10]

Kirkwood Intermediate is an intermediate school for years 7 to 8,[11] with a roll of 330 students. It opened in 1959.[12]: 88 

Te Kāpehu Riccarton School is a full primary school catering for years 1 to 8.[13] It has a roll of 286 students. The school opened in 1859 as Riccarton Church School, and became Riccarton District School in 1864, and later Riccarton Primary School.[12]: 157 

Middleton Grange School is a state-integrated composite school for years 1 to 13.[14] It has a roll of 1317 students. It started as a private Christian school in 1964 and became state-integrated in 1996.[15]

Villa Maria College is a Catholic state-integrated girls' secondary school for years 7 to 13. [16] It has a roll of 809 students. The school opened in 1918, and became state-integrated in 1981.[17] The corresponding Catholic primary and boys' schools, Our Lady of Victories and St Thomas of Canterbury College, are in Sockburn.

Schools are coeducational and state operated unless otherwise noted. Rolls are as of November 2022.[18]

The Upper Riccarton Library is operated as a joint community and school library with Riccarton High. This began with the signing of an agreement in 2004 and was opened on 23 January 2006.[19] The library features a café, meeting rooms and multiple other community resources.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 25 October 2022.
  3. ^ "St. Peter's Anglican Church Cemetery, Upper Riccarton". Christchurch: Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Upper Riccarton (322000), Bush Inn (321800) and Wharenui (322700).
  5. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Upper Riccarton
  6. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Bush Inn
  7. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Wharenui
  8. ^ "Bush Inn Centre". bushinncentre.co.nz. Ganson Management.
  9. ^ Education Counts: Riccarton High School
  10. ^ "Celebrating 60 years of Riccarton High School". Riccarton High School. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  11. ^ Education Counts: Kirkwood Intermediatel
  12. ^ a b "Miscellaneous Local Historical Information" (PDF). Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  13. ^ Education Counts: Te Kāpehu Riccarton School
  14. ^ Education Counts: Middleton Grange School
  15. ^ "Our History". Middleton Grange School. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  16. ^ Education Counts: Villa Maria College
  17. ^ "About US - Our History". Villa Maria College. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  18. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  19. ^ http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Bibliofile/2006/UpperRiccarton/Opening/OpeningDay.asp Opening day photo library
  20. ^ "About Upper Riccarton Library". my.christchurchcitylibraries.com. Retrieved 13 June 2020.