Flaxmere is a large suburb to the north west of Hastings City. Flaxmere Avenue is the picturesque avenue through the centre of the suburb, with wide lanes either side of an attractive central median planted with mature trees.
Flaxmere is a ‘young’ community, which was only established in 1967 and where almost half of the population is under 25 years old.
Flaxmere is relatively new, with good quality infrastructure. It was planned as an idealistic garden suburb, and the original houses built along and around Flaxmere Ave were marketed in 1967 as a parade of homes boasting “a new concept in modern living”.
As it has expanded the mix of housing has increased. There are areas of cheaper, higher-density housing built during a recession in the 1980s, with a shift back to building larger brick and tile homes in the central and northern areas since the early 2000s. Flaxmere provides opportunities for first home buyers to purchase a good home for their money.
The main attractions for visitors and locals are WaterWorld, FlaXrock’s climbing wall, the Saturday Flaxmere Flea Market offering food, craft and second-hand goods, and annual events like the Matariki Festival, Flaxmere Family Fun, the Flaxmere Family Festival and the Flaxmere Duathlon. Flaxmere Park is also being revamped, with new outdoor exercise equipment already in place, cycle and walking paths going in, and the popular summer children’s attraction – a splash pad.
Flaxmere has good facilities and a strong community spirit. Health and other service providers are located close to the village centre and Work and Income has a Community Link office that provides a range of government and non-government social support services in the local area.
The village centre has a supermarket, small retailers, a petrol station, food outlets, FlaXrock recreation centre and community hall, Waterworld aquatic centre and the library.
Since 2005 the Flaxmere community has gone from strength to strength and more people are wanting to build on the successes achieved.
Recent initiatives include the establishment of Community Patrols, introduction of a liquor ban, the employment of additional Police Officers and the installation of the permanent stage in the park.
Other successes over the past few years include the painting of murals, upgrades to playgrounds, the development of a Ki–O Rahi field, the introduction of the Flaxmere Drivers Licence Programme and the establishment of Youth programmes, cooking classes, parenting programmes, performance arts workshops, girls programmes and community clean up days.
Annual events include the Flaxmere Family Fun Day, Matariki, Christmas in the Park, Flaxmere Challenge and Baysefika festival.
In 2013 the median income in Flaxmere was $26,500.
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In 2013 the population of Flaxmere was 9375 with the
0 – 19 age group being the highest followed by the over 65 age group.
Wages and salaries are the main income in Flaxmere at 57.09% which is similar to the wider Hastings District at 57.35%. This is followed by NZ Superannuation at 12.04%.
45.58% of the households in Flaxmere are owned by the occupier while 50.88% are rental properties and 3.54% are held in family trusts.