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Settlement on the northern edge of the fertile Waimate plain 13 km west of Eltham. In the early 20th century Kaponga vied with neighbouring Manaia to be the area’s main rural service township, but Manaia won. Hollard Gardens is a formerly private garden planted by Bernard Hollard from 1927.
Meaning of place name
Lit: the silver tree-fern. Often mistakenly called punga. In this case the name refers to the trunks which were used for defensive purposes in a pā.