Tapanui

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Tapanui
Town
Tapanui Homestead
Tapanui Homestead
Tapanui is located in New Zealand
Tapanui
Tapanui
Coordinates: 45°57′0″S 169°16′0″E / 45.95000°S 169.26667°E / -45.95000; 169.26667Coordinates: 45°57′0″S 169°16′0″E / 45.95000°S 169.26667°E / -45.95000; 169.26667
Country New Zealand
RegionOtago
Territorial authorityClutha District
Population
 (2013)
 • Total726
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
Postcode
9522
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

Tapanui is a small town in West Otago in New Zealand's South Island, close to the boundary with Southland region (population 726 as of 2013 census).[1]

It is a forestry town at the foot of the Blue Mountains and the Pomahaka River. Popular past times include deer stalking and trout fishing.

Nearby locations include Landslip Hill, a fossil-bearing geologic feature.

History[edit]

For almost a hundred years, the town was serviced by the Tapanui Branch railway line, which despite its name never actually terminated in Tapanui. This line was formally opened in late 1880 and closed after being damaged by severe flooding in the region in October 1978. State Highway 90, which links State Highway 1 at McNab, near Gore, to State Highway 8 at Raes Junction, passes through Tapanui.

In 2015, Tapanui was a filming location for the Disney production Pete's Dragon, with the main street and old timber mill serving as their equivalents in the fictional town of Millhaven.[2][3]

Tapanui flu[edit]

In New Zealand the name Tapanui is closely associated with the mysterious ailment chronic fatigue syndrome, which — until it became an accepted ailment — rejoiced in the nickname of "Tapanui 'flu". The doctor who first documented the rise of the condition in New Zealand, Peter Snow, was based in the town.[4][5][6]

Education[edit]

Tapanui School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 6 students,[7] with a roll of 102 as of November 2020.[8]

Blue Mountain College is a co-educational state secondary school for Year 7 to 13 students,[9][10] with a roll of 222.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2013 Census QuickStats about a place  : Tapanui
  2. ^ "Production on Disney's Pete's Dragon Underway in New Zealand". broadwayworld.com. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Disney's Pete's Dragon Filming Locations". newzealand.com. Retrieved 16 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Peter Snow (December 2002). "Reminiscences of the chronic fatigue syndrome" (PDF). Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. "New Zealand loses a fine GP". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 24 July 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "RNZCGP Annual Report, with elegy on page 37" (PDF). Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. p. 37. Archived from the original (pdf) on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Tapanui School Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  8. ^ "Tapanui School Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.
  9. ^ "Blue Mountain College Official School Website". bluemountain.school.nz.
  10. ^ "Blue Mountain College Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  11. ^ "Blue Mountain College Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.