Suburban area of Palmerston North. The earliest European settlers to the district were Danes, encourage to emigrate by Lutheran bishop, scholar, and one-time Prime Minister of Denmark, Ditlev Gothard Monrad, who had spent three years in New Zealand as a pioneer farmer in the vicinity. There was a lagoon near his farm called 'Te Awapuni', which was a cut-off river bend

Meaning of place name
Translates as 'Blocked-up river' - awa: stream; puni: blocked up

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