|Mangaoranga Cemetery, Eketahuna|
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Masterton is 39km south of Eketahuna
Palmerston North is 61km north west
Eketahuna is a small rural service town, the most southerly in the Tararua District in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand.
It is sometimes considered to be in northern Wairarapa.
Eketahuna was originally within the southern part of the Forty Mile Bush, which extended northwards beyond Woodville.
In 1870 and 1872 large parties of Scandinavian immigrants were transported by wagon from Wellington via "Rimutaka Hill" to Masterton and there housed temporarily.
In 1872 they were established at Mauriceville (named after Sir George Maurice O'Rorke.
As they were skilled woodsmen, some subsisted on earnings from contract bush felling. Others were employed in the construction of the Masterton-Woodville highway.
A number of these settlers moved further north later in 1872 and founded Mellenskov, which soon afterwards was renamed Eketahuna.
The town is located at the foot of the Tararua Ranges which lie to the west.
It is situated on State Highway 2 and the eastern bank of the Makakahi River.
New Zealanders colloquially refer to the town of Eketahuna the way other English speakers refer to Timbuktu, i.e., the middle of nowhere, "the sticks", the end of the world.
TRIVIA: the name of the town, when spoken, sounds like a sentence in Afrikaans which translates to "I have a chicken".
This is a source of amusement to immigrant Afrikaans-speaking South Africans in New Zealand
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