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Encyclopedia > Kaitangata, New Zealand

Kaitangata is a town near the coast of South Otago, New Zealand, on the left bank of the Clutha River ten kilometres south east of Balclutha. Close to the town lies the small lake, Tuakitoto.

According to the 2001 census, the usually resident population of Kaitangata was 789, a decrease of 75 since 1996.

The origin of its name is uncertain. It is the name of a figure in Polynesian mythology, but more likely comes from cannibal feasts held after tribal fighting in the district between Kai Tahu and Kati Mamoe.

Kaitangata's European history is closely tied to coal extraction. One of New Zealand's early industrial disasters occurred at the Kaitangata mine in 1879, when the lives of 34 miners were lost in an underground explosion.

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Timeline of New Zealand history From Sterwiki This is a timeline of the History of New Zealand.
October: Declaration of Independence of New Zealand by the 'Confederation of United Tribes' signed by 34 northern chiefs (and later by another 18).
New Zealand ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
KAITANGATA - 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (768 words)
Kaitangata is situated in the lower Clutha basin on the Matau branch of the Clutha River and 4 miles upstream from the mouth.
Kaitangata is 8 miles south-east of Balclutha and 54 miles south-west of Dunedin by road or rail.
Kaitangata functions as a servicing centre and a dormitory for miners employed in the State coal mines.
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