Linton, New Zealand

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Linton is located in New Zealand
Population: 1,512 (2001)
Territorial Authority
Name: Palmerston North City

Linton is a suburb of Palmerston North, situated 11km south-west of the city.


It is home to the Linton Military Camp, which is the largest army camp in New Zealand, it was built in 1945 3.5 kilometres to the south-east of Palmerston North. It became the country’s second largest base in 1985 when the permanent force at Singapore was relocated there. More units have transferred from Auckland and Waioru.

Manawatu Prison is in Linton.

Linton is home to:

  • Linton Camp School, a full primary school (catering to years 0-8). Linton Camp school has a roll of approximately 190 students.
  • Linton Country School, a primary school (catering to years 0-6) The school was established in 1889 making it the oldest school in the area.
  • Linton Community Library caters to NZ Defence Force personnel and civilian staff, the local community and school.


The population count in 2001 was 1,512. In the 2013, census Linton shed 24.7 percent of its population, or 441 people.[1]


Linton is named for James Linton, an early settler in the area, and also twice Mayor of Palmerston North. Scotsman James Linton was one of the first European settlers in Palmerston, he and his wife, Sarah, arrived on horseback from Wairarapa early in 1871. Linton served as mayor of Palmerston North 1879-82 and 1884-5, and was a director and ardent promoter of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company. Today, Linton is best known for the army camp, but the site first planned as Linton township is several kilometres away from there. Only the school and a few houses now provide clues to where the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company decided that the next stop on their Wellington ‒ Longburn railway line would be. Along with several other directors of this private company, James Linton was honoured by having a railway station settlement on the line named after him; the line, opened in 1886, was a successful venture, but the Linton township did not develop. The site of the Linton Military Camp was bought by the New Zealand Government in October 1941. Tents for the 2 Field Regiment formed the first accommodation on this site in February 1942, but within six months the first prefabricated huts were being built; the first housing blocks for officers were constructed in 1955. It was in 1985 that Linton Military Camp became New Zealand’s largest, when the permanent force then stationed in Singapore was withdrawn and accommodated at Linton, it has grown even bigger since then with the transfer of frontline units from Auckland and Waiouru The site purchased for Linton Military Camp included an area by the Manawatu River which had been a major Rangitane Maori village known as Te Kairanga (the place where much food is gathered) but by the 1940s the name was in common use for the district on the other side of the river. Instead the camp took the name of Linton.[1]

Local and Central Government representation[edit]

  • Linton is a part of the Ashhurst-Fitzherbert Ward in the Palmerston North City Council. It shares this with other suburbs, Aokautere, Turitea.
  • Prior to 1996, Linton was part of the Manawatu electorate. However, due to the reformation of the electoral system from FPP to MMP, the electorate of Palmerston North's boundaries were redrawn to include Linton. In 2007, the boundaries were redrawn and Linton was shifted into the Rangitikei electorate.
  • Following the 2011 general election, Rangitikei is represented by New Zealand National MP Ian McKelvie.


Coordinates: 40°26′S 175°33′E / 40.433°S 175.550°E / -40.433; 175.550