13 Facts About Wigram


Wigram is a suburb in the southwest of Christchurch, New Zealand.

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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.

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Wigram continued to support the base, gifting a further 81 acres of land in 1932.

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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.

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The majority of Wigram Aerodrome was purchased by Ngai Tahu in 1997, and continued to be used as a private airfield until it was finally closed on 1 March 2009.

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Wigram is north of Aidanfield, separated by the Christchurch Southern Motorway.

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Wigram has a significantly lower percentage of people identifying as Maori or Pacific Islanders compared to Christchurch City as a whole.

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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.

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Wigram is well served by several bus services, known as Metro which is subsidised by Environment Canterbury.

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Wigram has two large recreational parks adjoining each other, Nga Puna Wai was opened on 8 March 2019 and comprises 32 hectares of recreation, esplanade reserve and other park land as well as a new $53.

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Wigram has two modern retirement villages, the first to open was Lady Wigram Village which opened in 2015 and is located on Kittyhawk Avenue.

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Wigram is part of the Halswell Ward represented by Councillor Anne Galloway since 2016.

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Suburb of Wigram sits in the aptly named New Zealand parliamentary electorate of Wigram.

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