Tawatahi River

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Tawatahi River
Tawatahi River and Te Teko Is..jpg
Tawatahi River and Te Teko Island
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
Main source 176 m (577 ft)
River mouth Raglan Harbour
0 m (0 ft)
Length 2 km (1.2 mi)

The Tawatahi River is a short river of the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. It flows into the northern shore of Raglan Harbour.

Geology[edit]

The headwaters are listed as worthy of preservation for their geology - "New Katuku Trig / Pukewharangi Hill Oligocene fossil locality"[1] Most of the rock in the valley is Kotuku siltstone, a massive to crudely bedded, light- to blue-grey jointed, calcareous siltstone. The upper slopes are mainly Mangiti Sandstone and Patikirau Siltstone, also calcareous rocks. All were laid on a deepening mid to outer shelf in the Whaingaroan age, about 41 million years ago.[2]

Alternative names[edit]

The river has also been called Burgess's Creek, after the farmer who owned Burgess Point to the west,[3] Kerikeri Peninsula,[4] or Puketutu.[5] James Burgess farmed almost 600 sheep in the late C19th,[6] having previously been a shepherd on Te Akau Station, which had included this area.[7] He had burnt the flax and sown grass on the peninsula.[8]

Wildlife[edit]

A 2012 survey found the estuary had a wide band of rushes grading into native forest, with mud crabs, titiko, coastal daisy, makaka, oioi, fescue, marsh clubrush, remuremu, sea primrose, sand buttercup, kowhai, kanuka, miro, tanekaha and hangehange.[9]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

"Place Name Detail: Tawatahi River". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 

Coordinates: 37°45′S 174°56′E / 37.750°S 174.933°E / -37.750; 174.933

  1. ^ New Zealand Geopreservation Inventory http://www.geomarine.org.nz/NZGI/
  2. ^ P. J. White, Barry Clayton Waterhouse (1994). Geology of the Raglan-Kawhia Area. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences (N.Z.). ISBN 0-478-08837-X. 
  3. ^ Richards, Bill (1986). Off the Sheep's Back. Lindon Pub. ISBN 0864700148. 
  4. ^ Vernon, R T (1984). Raglan. 
  5. ^ "Tawatahi River, Waikato - NZ Topo Map". NZ Topo Map. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  6. ^ "AtoJs Online — Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives — 1898 Session I — H-23 THE ANNUAL SHEEP RETURNS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30th APRIL, 1898". atojs.natlib.govt.nz. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  7. ^ "OBITUARY. (Press, 1930-07-04)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  8. ^ Vernon, R. T. (1981). Around Raglan. 
  9. ^ "Estuarine Vegetation Survey – Raglan (Whaingaroa) Harbour" (PDF). Waikato Regional Council. 2012.