Oban, New Zealand
Oban is the principal settlement on Stewart Island/Rakiura, the southernmost inhabited island of the New Zealand archipelago. Oban is located on Halfmoon Bay (sometimes used as an alternative name for the town), on Paterson Inlet. It has aircraft connections with Invercargill and a ferry service to Bluff.
The settlement was named after Oban in Scotland, (An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic, meaning The Little Bay), most likely due to the strong influence Scottish settlers had in the south of early colonial New Zealand.
According to the March 2001 New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings, the island's permanent resident population was 387 at that time, a decrease of 30 since 1996. Approximately 80% of these live in Oban. Newer estimates put the population at around 400, and the island has received a moderate boost of commerce and some millions in government funding since tourism increased markedly after the opening of the Rakiura National Park.
- Scottish Place Names Around the World - Fife to Oban (from 'rampantscotland.com'. Accessed 2008-10-11.)
- "Stewart Island gets $5.6m cash boost". New Zealand Herald. APN Holdings. NZPA. 12 July 2005. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
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