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Pre European

17. Pre European Otawhao Pa, at the top of Wallace Terrace, had great views in all directions, with the Waipa River in the distance and the Puniu at the foot of the hills the pa was built on. It was certainly the most popular pa in the area, with the smaller Kaipaka (Christie Ave) and the old abandoned Awamutu down opposite the present day Squash Courts. Awamutu means "the end of the navigable river" (for big canoes) and goods carried that far had to be transferred to smaller craft or moved by horse drawn carts.