Richmond, New Zealand

Richmond (Māori: Waimea) is a town and the seat of the Tasman District Council in New Zealand. It lies 13 kilometres (8 mi) south of Nelson in the South Island, close to the southern extremity of Tasman Bay / Te Tai-o-Aorere. The town, first settled by Europeans in 1842,[3] was named in 1854 after the town of Richmond on Thames near London. The town has an estimated population of 18,450 as of June 2022.[2]

Richmond
Waimea
Town
Queen Street, the main street of Richmond in New Zealand (as of 2011)
Coordinates: 41°20′S 173°11′E
CountryNew Zealand
RegionTasman
Territorial authorityTasman District
WardRichmond Ward
Founded1854
Government
  MayorTim King
Area
  Total17.37 km2 (6.71 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2022)[2]
  Total18,450
  Density1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Postcode(s)
7020
Area code03

Although most of Richmond lies outside the boundaries of Nelson City and the town is considered a separate urban area, Richmond is part of the wider Nelson metropolitan area along with nearby Brightwater, Hope, Māpua and Wakefield.[4] The two unitary authorities (Nelson and Tasman) co-operate for tourism-marketing purposes via "Latitude Nelson". As of 2020 Richmond forms part of the Nelson parliamentary electorate.


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