A Short History – First Survey


There are various interpretations of the meaning of this name, but a prominent Maori chieftain, the late J. C. Tikao of Rapaki, said he thought it meant “good weather after a bad spell.” (Possibly the spelling should be Raki-oura.) “What has Rangiora got that other places haven’t?” This question is often asked, and the answer is not hard to find by anyone who has lived here. In a few words the reply is “All the joys of living in the country with all the amenities of a big city close by.”

Rangiora is a market town approximately twenty miles north of Christchurch, and settlement started here only some two years after Christchurch.


The first survey of the North Canterbury area was carried out by Torlesse and Boys in 1849, and the first settlers took over in 1851. The first being C. O. Torlesse, but the patriarch of the district was Mr G. Leech who settled here in 1853. His descendants still live here.