Hei Hei

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Hei Hei
Hei Hei is located in New Zealand
Hei Hei
Hei Hei
Hei Hei is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Hei Hei
Hei Hei
Coordinates: 43°31′59″S 172°31′34″E / 43.533°S 172.526°E / -43.533; 172.526Coordinates: 43°31′59″S 172°31′34″E / 43.533°S 172.526°E / -43.533; 172.526
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityChristchurch
Electoral wardHornby[1]
 • Land1,240 ha (3,060 acres)
 • Total3,471
Hei Hei
Islington Hornby Wigram

Hei Hei is a suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located in the west of Christchurch 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from the central city,[3] and is bisected by State Highway 1. The area was subdivided for poultry farming after World War I for returning serviceman, but the venture failed due to the poor soil conditions.[4] The place name is related to the Māori word for chicken (heihei) due to the area's poultry farming history.[5]


  1. ^ "Wards, Councillors and Community Boards map". ccc.govt.nz. Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "2018 Census place summaries: Hei Hei". www.stats.govt.nz. Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  3. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling (ed.). Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 161. ISBN 9780143204107.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ Harper, Margaret (July 2015). "Christchurch Street Names: H" (PDF). Christchurch City Libraries. p. 70. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  5. ^ Cairns, Lois (November 2013). "So how do you pronounce Hei Hei?". Stuff. Retrieved 6 July 2020.