Intersection of Queen and Oxford Streets
|Territorial authority||Horowhenua District|
|Named for||William Hort Levin|
|• Urban||109.02 km2 (42.09 sq mi)|
|• Urban density||170/km2 (450/sq mi)|
Levin (Māori: Taitoko) is the largest town and seat of the Horowhenua District, in the Manawatū-Whanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located east of Lake Horowhenua, around 95 km north of Wellington and 50 km southwest of Palmerston North.
Levin is a service centre for the surrounding rural area, and a centre for light manufacturing.
To the west of the main town lies Lake Horowhenua, which covers some 3.9 sq/km. It is currently undergoing regeneration.
History and culture
The Levin township was established in 1906.
The name is a variation of the Jewish clan Levi. It is a shibboleth – unlike the usual pronunciation of the surname, stress is placed on the second syllable of the word. However his great grandson, Peter Levin, claims his forebear would have pronounced his surname as in Levene and this pronunciation was in common use for many years and always used by the family.
The town celebrated its centenary in 2006 and the bowls club celebrated theirs in 2007.
The Levin urban area had a population of 17,670 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,416 people (8.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,701 people (10.7%) since the 2006 census. There were 8,346 males and 9,324 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.90 males per female. Of the total population, 3,330 people (18.8%) were aged up to 15 years, 2,991 (16.9%) were 15 to 29, 6,651 (37.6%) were 30 to 64, and 4,698 (26.5%) were 65 or older.
Ethnicities were 77.1% European/Pākehā, 25.5% Māori, 8.4% Pacific peoples, 5.2% Asian, and 1.8% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).
|SA2 name||Population||Dwellings||Median age||Median income|
|Donnelly Park||1,191||483||47.5 years||$22,300|
|Kawiu North||1,770||723||47.5 years||$27,900|
|Kawiu South||2,409||1,026||44.5 years||$24,700|
|Levin Central||1,047||573||53.5 years||$21,500|
|Playford Park||1,815||825||44.8 years||$21,800|
Levin lies on State Highway 1, which forms the town's main street, Oxford Street. State Highway 57 forms the eastern boundary of the town, and meets State Highway 1 between Levin and the Ohau River, Wellington.
Levin is on the North Island Main Trunk with a station used by the Capital Connection long distance commuter train between Wellington and Palmerston North. It is also served by 8 InterCity buses a day each way.
There are nine schools in the Levin urban area:
- Fairfield School is a state full primary (Year 1–8) school with a roll of approximately 494.
- Horowhenua College is a state secondary (Year 9–13) school. It opened in 1940 and has a roll of approximately 602.
- 'Levin East School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with a roll of approximately 382.
- Levin Intermediate is a state intermediate (Year 7–8) school with a roll of approximately 261.
- Levin North School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with a roll of approximately 269.
- Levin School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with a roll of approximately 168.
- St Joseph's School is a state-integrated Catholic full primary (Year 1–8) school with a roll of approximately 149.
- Taitoko School is a state full primary (Year 1–8) school with a roll of approximately 226.
- Waiopehu College is a state secondary (Year 9–13) school. It opened in 1973 and has a roll of approximately 606.
- Jack Afamasaga - rugby league player
- Sir Paul Beresford - British politician
- Suzy Clarkson - newsreader
- Kay Cohen - fashion designer
- Joy Cowley - novelist
- Cathryn Finlayson - 2012 London Olympian, New Zealand hockey player
- Rebecca Gibney - actress
- Nathan Guy - politician
- Nicky Hager - author
- Darren Hughes - politician
- Dean Kent - Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer
- Doug Kidd - politician
- David Lomax - NZ Kiwi rugby league rep, NRL club professional with the Newcastle Knights.
- Johnny Lomax - NZ Kiwi rugby league rep, NRL club professional with Canberra Raiders, Townsville Cowboys.
- Matthew Saunoa - New Zealand Idol winner 2006
- George Silk - photographer, LIFE magazine
- Carlos Spencer - former All Black
- Richard Sylvan - philosopher and logician
- James Tamou - Australian Kangaroo rugby league representative player, NSW State of Origin representative player 2012, 2013; rugby league professional
- Codie Taylor - All Black
- Roger Twose - NZ Black Caps cricket player.
- Sonny Whakarau - NZ Junior Kiwi rugby league representative player, rugby league professional in the UK.
- Dominic Clements - official gamer on instagram @domatron9000
- Primo Halbert - birthday boy on March 5th
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