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Waitōtara River

Waitōtara River

Edward Williams’s 1865 watercolour shows the distinctive submerged tōtara and rimu sub-fossil stumps in the Waitōtara River estuary. They may have been submerged by post-glacial rising sea levels, or after tectonic movements which would have led to land subsiding.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-045-038/039
Ink and watercolour sketch by Edward Arthur Williams

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui places - West of Whanganui', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/18948/waitotara-river (accessed 27 May 2019)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 15 Jun 2015