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Te Atatu

Auckland suburb 5 kms from Henderson. Until the 1950s this area was largely rural. The construction of the north-western motorway spurred its development. During the 1960s and 1970s the Te Atatū peninsula was covered in low- to medium-income houses and it is now largely a residential and light industrial area.

Meaning of place name
Lit. te: the; atatū: dawn. First called Henderson's Point by early European settlers. Reverend Jackson Bennett coined the current name in the early twentieth century, in recognition of the spectacular sunrise views afforded from the peninsula. Māori name: Ōrukuwai - Ō: place of; Rukuwai: an ancestor of Te Kawerau-a-Maki.

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