Wigram is a suburb in the southwest of Christchurch, New Zealand. The suburb lies close to the industrial estates of Sockburn and the satellite retail and residential zone of Hornby, and has undergone significant growth in recent years due to housing developments. It is seven kilometres to the west of the city centre.
The former Wigram Aerodrome, which has since been converted into the Wigram Skies development
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Named after Sir Henry Wigram, Mayor of Christchurch from 1902-1903 who established a flying school there in 1916.
Sir Henry Wigram kept the aviation school going until March 1923, when the government decided to take over the company and run the airbase under a military umbrella. The final purchase price was £31,012.
Until 1995, Wigram was home to RNZAF Wigram, one of the main bases of the Royal New Zealand Air Force , but this was closed in 1995 after cutbacks in military spending. The majority of Wigram Aerodrome was purchased by Ngāi Tahu in 1997, and continued to be used as a private airfield until it was finally closed on 1 March 2009. The RNZAF retained the original portion of the aerodrome which had been first gifted to the Crown for the purpose of an Air Force base in 1923, an area which includes the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. The remainder of the former airfield was subdivided by Ngāi Tahu Property into the Wigram Skies development following its closure. Street names in the new development reflect the area's aviation heritage, with names such as Corsair Drive, Kittyhawk Avenue and Skyhawk Road alongside The Runway - a road which follows the route of the former runway.
The recent development of the Wigram Aerodrome into housing has resulted in the suburb growing significantly in recent years. At the 2013 census, the area had a population of just 432 - roughly one tenth of the 2018 population. This has made Wigram one of the fastest growing suburbs in post-earthquake Christchurch.
Middleton to the east, separated by Curletts Road.
Hornby to the west and northwest separated by Awatea Road (properties on Awatea road are not part of Wigram except a small number of properties on the east side of Awatea Road (numbers 65-135 inclusive), Springs Road and Main South Road (properties located on these roads are not part of Wigram)
Over 50% of people living in Wigram identify as Asian whilst 46.5% identify as European. Wigram has a significantly lower percentage of people identifying as Maori or Pacific Islanders compared to Christchurch City as a whole.
People living in Wigram compared to Christchurch City are 10% more likely to be Managers and 16% more likely to be Professionals. They are also 32% less likely to be Machinery Operators and Drivers and 27% less likely to be Labourers.
The Landing, located at the heart of Wigram Skies, provides a convenient and modern retail and mixed use space for Wigram Skies residents and greater south west Christchurch. Stage one of The Landing, which was completed in mid-2015, has a 8975 sqm site area, including 2000 sqm of retail and office space spread across three buildings and a 2600 sqm New World supermarket.
Parks, sports and recreation
Wigram has several large recreational parks plus local neighbourhood parks.
- Parera Park on Kittyhawk Avenue, featuring a natural playground.
- Kahuku Park between The Runway and Limbrick Crescent, featuring a rock climbing sculpture.
- Marama Park on the corner of Skyhawk Road and Kittyhawk Avenue, featuring a basketball court.
- Harvard Park on Corsair Drive
- Tautoru Park on Kittyhawk Avenue, featuring a tennis court as well as playground.
- Raukura Park bound by The Runway, Keene Street and Corsair Drive
- Te Kāhu Park bound by The Runway, Curtis Street, Dalwood Drive and Porter Street - boasts a children’s playground and three sports pitches within walking distance of all residences.
- Mackinder Reserve bound by Skyhawk Road, Mackinder Drive, Valiant Street and Wigram Road.
- Ngā Puna Wai Opened on 8th March 2019 and compromising 32 hectares of recreation, esplanade reserve and other park land as well as a new $53.65 million multi-sports facility.. Future plans include a new $20 million indoor sports centre.
- Canterbury Agricultural Park A large open space of around 130 hectares, famous for the Canterbury A&P Show
- Motorway Park Playground on Highpeak Place featuring a tennis court as well as playground.
- Bendrose Reserve on Bendrose Crescent, which includes Broken Run Playground
- West Broken Run Reserve on Wigram Road, which has the upper limits of the Ōpawaho Heathcote River running through it
Elderly housing and care
Wigram has two modern retirement villages.
Wigram Primary School
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