and its surrounds, as with all of Rodney District (see
'Administration'), is currently
under immense pressure from development.
Helensville had a population of 2532
at the latest census (2006), although the town draws from around 9000 people
in the Helensville, Parakai, Reweti, Woodhill and South Head areas. Parakai has 1371, South Head 1332, Woodhill 1646 and Reweti 1842
Because it is within easy commuting distance
of Auckland City, Auckland's North Shore, West Auckland and the
new Albany development, and because of comparatively low property
prices, Helensville has become an attractive place for residents
wanting to get away from city living. People view it as having the
best of both worlds - a quieter, small town pace of life in a rural
atmosphere, but combined with close proximity to all the facilities
offered by the country's largest city.
Urban development around Helensville is being
assisted by zoning changes, including provision for new 'Countryside
Living (Town)' zoning - providing 1 to 1.5ha sites, giving a rural
amenity within an urban precinct. Rodney
District Council is also setting aside land so that commercial
development will keep pace with residential growth.
here for current statistical information on Helenville.
here for Helensville tide information