Oceania, New Zealand, Auckland

Kingsland is an Auckland City suburb in New Zealand. Kingsland is under the local governance of the Auckland City Council. According to the 2001 census, Kingsland has a population of 4005 people. Developed between the beginning of the 20th century and the First World War, Kingsland is named (according to a plaque in the "Kingslander" pub) because the street layout resembles the eponymous London suburb. Most of its houses date from this time. It is laid out in a series of parallel streets named rather unimaginatively in the American fashion; Central, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th avenues. They do have the advantage of being on a north facing slope so the general atmosphere of the suburb is fairly good even though many of the houses themselves are unremarkable. New North Road is the main road of Kingsland, running through the suburb along the ridge line. The Kingsland Shops centre around the Kingsland Train Station and are Edwardian and pre World War II buildings including a Post Office (now closed) by architect John Campbell. Recently there has been a certain amount of gentrification in the area resulting in a fair few cafes and gorgeous things shops. When the Northwestern motorway was cut through in the 1970s it severed the cross streets that linked Kingsland to Surrey Crescent and Arch Hill leaving Bond St as the sole direct connection to those suburbs. The presence of the motorway means a certain amount of noise but for the most part Kingsland remains a remarkably quiet suburb. The local Secondary schools are Mount Albert Grammar School, Marist College and St Peter's College. Kingsland will be the main entertainment hub for the 2011 Rugby World Cup due to its proximity to Eden Park and Kingsland train station. Train and street upgrades are currently underway.