Okana River

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Okana River
Challenge in Little River.jpg
Okana River flooding Little River
Country New Zealand
Basin features
River mouth Takiritawai River

The Okana River, formerly called the Ohiriri River, is a river on Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand's South Island. It flows southwest past the settlement of Little River where it meets the Okuti River, the two rivers forming the short Takiritawai River which flows into the northern end of Lake Forsyth.[1]

On 19 October 2011, the Okana River caused the worst flooding in Little River for many years, with State Highway 75 closed.[2] Long term residents believe that the flooding was the worst since the Wahine storm on 10 April 1968.[3]

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  1. ^ "Place Name Detail: Okana River". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Gorman, Paul (19 October 2011). "Little River becomes big river". The Press. p. A1. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Grenhill, Marc (21 October 2011). "Worst floods 'in 43 years'". The Press. p. A5. 

Coordinates: 43°46′S 172°48′E / 43.767°S 172.800°E / -43.767; 172.800