coutts island

Farming locality on the south bank of the Waimakariri River, 8km south-west of Kaiapoi. Formerly an island enclosed by the channels of the Waimakariri River, this area was incorporated into the south bank of the river when a stop-bank was constructed across the former channel of the old South Branch of the river leaving water in a portion only of the old stream bed.

Meaning of place name
The area has been formerly known as St Helena, and also as Kaiapoi Island until 1874 when it was renamed after one of the early settlers, Donald Coutts.

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