A farming township on the Wanganui River flats, 73 km south of Hokitika. The river flats were originally forest-covered. For much of the 20th century the town was a forestry centre, supporting several sawmills. The flat land has been progressively cleared, drained and converted to pasture.

Meaning of place name
Lit: a song to encourage the crew of a canoe to pull together and sung by the paddlers.