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The meaning of Kaiapoi

Kaiapoi History
Pre European time, Kaiapoi was one of New Zealands most important trading posts for Food (kai) and Greenstone (pounamu)
All manner of resources were transported along waterways on their way to or from Kaiapoi, including: pounamu from the Arahura River, titi (muttonbird) from the islands around Stewart Island / Rakiura, and obsidian from Mayor Island / Tuhua.
Kai (food/resources) would need to be poi (swung in) from other places hence the name Kaiapoi which it is said can be translated as a metaphor for “economics”.

To make it easier for you, we have created headings for you to choose from, so you can find your way to Kaiapoi, find a place to eat and drink, do a bit of shopping, cruising or walking or biking.

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