Te Onepoto / Taylors Mistake

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Taylors Mistake is located in New Zealand Christchurch
Taylors Mistake
Taylors Mistake

Te Onepoto / Taylors Mistake is a locality in New Zealand, at the south eastern extremity of Christchurch city.[1] Taylors Mistake is a bay adjacent to the locality, on the north side of Godley Head, on the northern edge of Banks Peninsula.[2]

The name Te Onepoto / Taylors Mistake is one of New Zealand's dual placenames. The Māori portion, Te Onepoto, means short or little beach. For the English portion, the Lyttelton Times in 1865 said it was "originally called Vincent's Bay, and more recently Taylors Mistake, owing to the master of a vessel running in here during the night-time, thinking he was about to pass over the Sumner Bar."[3]

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club was established at the beach in 1916.[4] During World War II, hills above the beach were fortified with two machine gun posts, to guard the Godley Head coastal defence battery.[5] Makeshift baches near the beach have been a source of dispute since they were constructed in the 1890s.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Place Name Detail: Te Onepoto / Taylors Mistake". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Place Name Detail: Taylors Mistake". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Lighthouse on Godley Head". Lyttelton Times. 13 April 1865. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Club - History". Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Crean, Mike (13 February 2011). "Battle of the beach". The Press. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Conway, Glenn (6 April 2010). "Bach licences recommended". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 

Coordinates: 43°35′00″S 172°46′32″E / 43.5833°S 172.7755°E / -43.5833; 172.7755