Explore our heritage
Christchurch city was once Tautahi’s special territory.
What to do
Head with your whānau to the Cambridge Village Green Reserve - a conservation area on the corner of Barbadoes and Salisbury Streets.
Look for the spot where Saint Mary's Stream tumbles into the Ōtākaro (Avon River). Clue: If you see the large carved pou, you've found it! This was the site of the Puari pā - home of the noble chief Tautahi.
Who was Tautahi?
Te Pōtiki Tautahi was one of the original Ngāi Tahu people to settle in the Canterbury region, where the swampy flatlands were rich with rakiraki (ducks), weka, eels, whitebait and small fish.
Christchurch city was once Tautahi’s special territory. The full name: Te Whenua o Te Pōtiki-Tautahi, was later shortened to Ō Te Pōtiki Tautahi, and eventually became Ōtautahi
Test your knowledge!
- Who was Tautahi?
- What is the Maori name for Christchurch?