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A predominantly upper-middle class residential suburb, Ponsonby today is also known in Auckland for its dining and shopping establishments – many restaurants, cafes, art galleries, up-market shops and nightclubs are located along Ponsonby Road.

The borders of Ponsonby are often seen as being rather fluid, taking in St Mary's Bay and Herne Bay to the north and including Freemans Bay to the east and Grey Lynn to the south - Ponsonby is properly bounded by Jervois Road to the North and Richmond Road to the south but extends down Ponsonby road all the way to the Karangahape road corner - the boundary with Freemans Bay to the east is less clear.

Ponsonby is an inner-city suburb of Auckland located 2 km west of the Auckland CBD, in the North Island of New Zealand.

The suburb is oriented along a ridge running north-south, which is followed by the main street of the suburb, Ponsonby Road.

He was living on Ponsonby Road in the 1860s and died in 1872.

His Christian name is an unlikely source for the naming of the road and there is a map from the mid 1850s showing Ponsonby Road which may predate Peacocke's arrival in New Zealand in 1858.

The suburb has undergone extensive gentrification over the last two decades, arguably returning it to its largely middle class origins. The Māori name for the ridge is Te Rimu Tahi ('The Lone Rimu Tree', referring to an ancient tree which stood in a prominent position at what is now the intersection of Ponsonby Road and Karangahape Road).

No European apparently saw the tree and so its exact location is unidentifiable.

Register with us and content you save will appear here so you can access them to read later.His surname is thus the least likely source for the naming of the road (and eventually the new name for the suburb) The Hon.Colonel Stephen Ponsonby Peacocke (also known as Ponsonby Peacocke) was a member of the Legislative Council (1866).after a farm in Shelly Beach Road, which was apparently named after a Captain Dedwood.The name was changed to Ponsonby in 1873, apparently derived from Ponsonby Road which first appears on an 1850s Map of Auckland.

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