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This article is about the suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand. For places in Poland, see Opawa (disambiguation). For the city in the Czech Republic, see Opava.
Opawa is located in New Zealand Christchurch
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)
Population (2006)
 • 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.