uNCOVER THE INDIGENOUS history OF OUR iNNER cITY rIVER
Departs from the CBD on foot
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Noun Oasis – a fertile spot in a desert, where water is found
Synonyms: watering hole, watering place, water hole, spring
Ōtākaro | Avon River
The Ōtākaro weaves itself through the city CBD. It’s Māori name Ōtakaro, was renamed after the Avon River in Ayrshire, home of the Deans brothers, local settler farmers in mid 1800’s. In pre-European times the Ōtakaro was an important mahinga kai site for Ngāi Tahu. It has been recorded that the inner city stretch was inhabited by Puari, a Waitaha pā stretched along the banks close to Victoria Square.
In this 60 minute tour we follow the river from the last existing working boat shed and follow the footsteps of our ancestors, bringing to life many traditional Māori narratives and ways of life.
We will introduce the whakamanuhiri process of welcome and how this has been represented for all peoples visiting Christchurch.
We will also introduce the guiding principle of the rebuild for our tribe Ngāi Tahu.
‘Kia atawhai ki te iwi’, Care for your people.
We continue our walk past traditional mahinga kai sites, pā sites and bring to life the narratives of the more modern māori interpretation that has been woven into our emerging city.