Hero Image

Community Information

About our community

Johnsonville, Newlands, Paparangi and Churton Park. Named after Frank Johnson (an early sawmiller), Johnsonville sits in a small basin and is Wellington city's northern hub.  It began as a small rural service town in the 19th century, growing rapidly after 1938, when a new electric train service linked it to the city. In the 1960s Wellington’s first shopping mall was built in the suburb. Johnsonville is the central hub of the Northern suburb drawing in shoppers from the neighbouring communities of Newlands, Paparangi and Churton Park. It is seven kilometres north of the city centre, at the top of the Ngauranga Gorge, on the main route to Porirua (State Highway 1).


Fast forward to 2016 and the Northern Suburbs is the perfect place to bring up a family, there are eight high decile primary schools, two intermediates and two colleges. Great choice of transport with regular train and bus services into Wellington city centre and who needs a gym (although there are three of those!) when there is Mt Kaukau on the doorstep. There a number of cafes, clubs and pubs and its a great community to be a part of!


Keith Spry Pool

Keith Spry pool is an indoor 25 meter heated pool with a diving pool, toddler pool, spa, sauna . The pool is run by Wellington City Counci. On June 2013, work started on a $6 million revamp of the facilities which expanded the complex by 50 percent, adding a new learn to swim pool, replacing the roof and expanding the changing rooms.


Alex Moore Park

Alex Moore park is a sporting ground located on Broderick Road / Moorefield Road. The grounds host football, rugby, cricket, softball and athletics. The facilities include an artificial cricket surface, changing rooms and club house. The Alex Moore Park Development Project is planning a $6 million sports centre on the site that will replace disparate and outdated sports clubrooms with a centralised gym, meeting rooms and function area.


Johnsonville Community Centre

The Johnsonville Community Centre is located on the corner of Frankmoore Avenue and Moorefield Road and provides community services including education, Citizens Advice Bureau, support groups and youth groups. The building is owned by the Wellington City Council and was opened in 1995after significant investment and fund raising by local community groups.


Regional planning

As a part of the Northern Growth Management Plan from Wellington City Council, there exists a proposal to redevelop Johnsonville's main precinct into the "Johnsonville Town Centre". This plan recognises Johnsonville as Wellington's most economically important commercial and population hub outside the city centre. The plan recommends the creation of a unique and identifiable Johnsonville culture around the triangular precinct - bounded by Johnsonville Road to the east, Broderick Road to the south and Moorefield Road to the west.