12-15 minutes north of central Wellington - by both motorway or commuter train - lies the community of Tawa with around 14,000 residents (including Grenada North and the Takapu Valley), the northernmost suburb(s) of New Zealand's capital city, and geographically separated from the rest of Wellington.
Very much a family-oriented community, Tawa has a good range of schools including a highly regarded College (secondary school), a wide mix of sporting and recreational facilities, and a number of good churches on its Main Road.
All in all this is a very pleasant valley in which to live, with affordable housing and a strong community spirit. There is - at least in the opinion of the writer - something nice about going to the local supermarket, Tawa's one and only, and invariably seeing at least 3-4 lots of people you know - assuming, of course, you have nothing to hide.
"When I think about Tawa I think about a small community that isn't too small that everybody knows everybody, but small enough that everyone has a connection with someone. There's not an exclusive feel to Tawa. It's such a good place to grow up in."
- Kieren Gera, former Tawa College head girl .