BECKENHAM LOOP – Otautahi, Ihutai and Opawawaho

The Beckenham Loop is a part of the Heathcote River that sits south of Fisher Ave and east of Colombo Street.  It once was known as the intersection between three ancient Maori areas – Otautahi, Ihutai and Opawawaho. Otautahi is now known as Governor’s Bay and means ‘The place of one daughter’.  Over 300 years …

Richard “King Dick” Seddon (1845 – 1906)

Richard Seddon or King Dick – as he was referred to in his latter years – is the longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand.Born in Eccleston, England in 1845, his unruly nature was the complete opposite to his parents; who were both teachers. Taking little interest in school, he left at the age of …