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Opoutere

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Opoutere is a locality and beach on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. It lies to the east of State Highway 25, south of Pauanui and north of Whangamatā. The Wharekawa Harbour lies to the south east. The name "Opoutere" means "place of floating posts". History The first known settlers of the area were the Ngāti Hei. They were supplanted by the Ngāti Hako in the mid 17th century, who were replaced through conquest by Ngati Hikairo. Marutuāhu granted Hikairo possession of lands won in conquest as part of the confederation, and so Hikairo from his Pa at Turuakange (Turua) extended his mana whenua in a straight line Pakirarahi, Wharekawa, Tairua, Pauanui, Opoutere In the 1870s and 1880s, gold prospectors staked claims on quartz outcrops around the Wharekewa Harbour, resulting in half a dozen major gold strikes, and several mines being established in the 1890s. Kauri logging was underway in the 1890s too, and as it petered out, gum-diggers moved in.
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