Rolleston, New Zealand

Rolleston /ˈrɒləstən/ (Māori: Roretana, Tauwharekākaho) is the seat and largest town in the Selwyn District, in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island. It is located on the Canterbury Plains 22 kilometres (14 mi) south-west of Christchurch, and is part of the wider Christchurch metropolitan area.[3] The town has a population of 28,000 (June 2022),[2] making it New Zealand's 24th-largest urban area and the third-largest in Canterbury (behind Christchurch and Timaru). It was nicknamed the "Town of the Future" in the 1970s by Prime Minister Norman Kirk. The "Town of the Future" signage has since been removed from the entrances to Rolleston.[4][5][6][7]

Roretana, Tauwharekākaho (Māori)
Rolleston from the air looking north-east to Christchurch
Rolleston from the air looking north-east to Christchurch
Town Of The Future
Coordinates: 43°35′S 172°23′E
CountryNew Zealand
IslandSouth Island
Territorial authoritySelwyn District
WardSelwyn Central
Named forWilliam Rolleston
Te Tai Tonga
  Total22.08 km2 (8.53 sq mi)
50 m (160 ft)
 (June 2022)[2]
  Density1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
7614, 7615
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

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