Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island,
it is also the second largest city and third largest urban area of New Zealand.
A coastal city, the urban area is situated just north of Banks Peninsula,
midway down the South Island's east coast, but (since 2006)
the city limits encompass the peninsula.
The city was named by the Canterbury Association, which settled the
surrounding province of Canterbury.
The name of Christchurch was agreed on at the first meeting of the
association on 27 March 1848.
It was suggested by J.R. Godley, who had attended Christ Church, Oxford.
Some early writers called the town "Christ Church", but it was
recorded as "Christchurch" in the minutes of the management committee
of the association.
The river which flows through the centre of the city
(its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the
request of the pioneering Deans brothers to commemorate the Scottish Avon,
which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfathers' farm and
flows into the Clyde.
The usual Maori name O-tautahi is a shortened form of
Te Whenua o Te Potiki-Tautahi named for the seasonal dwelling of
Ngai Tahu chief Tautahi of Port Levy, on a bank of the Avon River,
near to where the Barbadoes Street bridge now stands.
read full wikipedia reference about Christchurch, New Zealand
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