The word suburb mostly refers to a residential area, either existing as part of a city or as a separate residential community within commuting distance of a city . Some suburbs have a degree of administrative autonomy, and most have lower population density than inner city neighborhoods...
s in South Auckland
South Auckland is an imprecisely defined area of Auckland, New Zealand, often stereotyped as a socio-economically disadvantaged, and sometimes rough, urban area with a relatively large Polynesian and Māori population. The name South Auckland is not an official place name but is in common use by New...
, in northern New Zealand
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The suburb is located on flat land at the northeastern shore of the Manukau Harbour
Manukau Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in New Zealand by area. It is located to the southwest of the Auckland isthmus, and is an arm of the Tasman Sea.-Geography:...
, to the northwest of the centre of Manukau city and 15 kilometres south of Auckland city centre. It is an important transportation node for the city, being on one of the two State Highways
New Zealand State Highway network
The New Zealand State Highway network is the major national highway network in New Zealand. Just under 100 roads in both the North and South Islands are State Highways...
running south from Auckland (State Highway 20), and also being the location for Auckland Airport, which lies close to the harbour's edge to the south of the suburb.
It has four major sub-areas; Māngere Bridge, Māngere Central and Māngere East, with the fourth, Favona
Favona is mostly industry-dominated suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, and is part of the Mangere area. The suburb is in the Manukau ward, one of the thirteen administrative divisions of Auckland city, and is under governance of the Auckland Council....
in the east, sometimes counted as part of Māngere as well.
The suburb is named after Mangere Mountain
Mangere Mountain is one of the largest volcanic cones in the Auckland Volcanic Field, with a peak 106 metres above sea level, and was the site of a major pā. Many of the pā's earthworks are still very evident. It offers spectacular panoramic views of Auckland.The mountain features two large craters...
, one of Auckland's largest volcanic cones.