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Opawa is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Coordinates: 43°33′05″S 172°39′43″E / 43.551342°S 172.661937°E / -43.551342; 172.661937Coordinates: 43°33′05″S 172°39′43″E / 43.551342°S 172.661937°E / -43.551342; 172.661937
 • Total 1.9710 km2 (0.7610 sq mi)
 • Total 3,360
 • Density 1,700/km2 (4,400/sq mi)

Opawa is an inner suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, located 2.5 kilometres south-east of the city centre.

The name is a contraction of Ōpāwaho, which means a place of ('o') an outer or outpost ('paawaho') in Māori. Ōpāwaho or Opaawaho is the Māori name for the Heathcote River.[1]


  1. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling, ed. Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. pp. 287f. ISBN 978-0-14-320410-7.

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