Rakaia River

The Rakaia river was formerly known as Ō Rakaia meaning the place where people were ranged in rank. It was a traditional mahinga kai of the Ngai Tūāhuriri people of Kaiapoi.

The Rakaia river mouth is the site of many earth ovens that were used for cooking moa. Up to 1000 oven sites have been recorded in this area, indicating that large scale specialised moa-hunting for food supply was carried out here.


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