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History of the Estuary — Part one — Christchurch Coastal Pathway
Te Ihutai (the Avon-Heathcote Estuary) is of great cultural importance to tangata whenua (localindigenous people) within Canterbury. Well before the arrival of Europeans in 1850, Te Ihutai was a place of settlement and making kai (food gathering) for people of Waitara, Ngāti Mamoe and Ngāi Tahu. Wai