Grenada Village is a residential suburb situated in the sloping northern hills of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. It lies in a north/westerly position on the eastern side of the Northern Motorway, 2 kms north of Johnsonville, and 12 kms north of the central city.
As of November 2019, there were 645 homes in Grenada Village with a population of approximately 1,800 residents. Homes are continually being built with the large area of land to the north and west now being developed.
Grenada Village is:
- only 2 minutes from the Paparangi shops, kindergarten and primary school
- only 4 minutes from Newlands
- only 4 minutes to Newlands Intermediate and Newlands College
- only 4 minutes from Johnsonville
- only 10 minutes from the centre of Porirua city
- only 12 minutes from the centre of Wellington city
- only 12 minutes from central Hutt Valley.
Johnsonville is the main shopping and commercial area of the northern suburbs and includes a large shopping mall and a number of important amenities - medical centre, supermarkets, accommodation, restaurants, indoor swimming pool, library, churches, railway station, police station, fire station, service clubs, community centre, taverns, sportsfields etc.
Newlands is also close and has a medical centre, community centre, fire station, tavern, sportfields and a number of shops and an excellent New World supermarket.
Housing in the Village comprises of modern, well-maintained homes. Real estate agents regard the suburb as being a desirable place to live. By lying in its mainly westerly position, the suburb enjoys all day sun and rural views. It is regularly described in advertisements as being 'sun drenched'.
Grenada Village is a quiet suburb and is regarded as providing a good, safe, friendly environment. It also has good roads, street lighting, footpaths, connecting walkways and street signs.
Resident's interests are well covered by a proactive Community Association that promotes all aspects of Grenada Village, and works toward further improving the suburbs amenities and facilities.
Grenada Village Community Association Chairperson Bruce Patterson says, "Grenada Village is a nice area and a good place to live. It is unique and has its own identity. It is modern, clean and tidy, and extremely sunny. It has good facilities. Grenada Village has the desired qualities of a creditable suburb. It has substance. It has good citizens, and good citizenship should be the basis of any community and this is certainly displayed in Grenada Village."
The street names in Grenada Village are all named with a Caribbean theme except Mark Avenue which is a continuation of the road through neighbouring Paparangi. In 1976 when Grenada Village was first being developed, the Wellington City Council agreed that the name of the new suburb should give recognition to the landowner who was one of the first settlers of Wellington and thus part of the initial colonisation of New Zealand.
On 21 January 1840, Thomas Drake and his family were among the first settlers to arrive in Wellington from London aboard the Aurora. Drake purchased part of the land that now is Grenada Village. Thomas Drake was a descendant of John Drake, who was the brother of Sir Francis Drake. John Drake had accompanied his brother Francis on the ‘Golden Hind’ around the world. He served on his brother’s famous flagship at the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. John Drake was also the beneficiary of Sir Francis Drake’s will.
To recount this direct connection between one of one of history’s more famous explorers and the very first owners and settlers of this specific area, all the streets in Grenada Village bear West Indian names.
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