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Ōtara translates to ‘the place of Tara’ or ‘territory belonging to Tara’. Tara references two stories from the suburb’s past – a Te Ākitai ancestor connected to the Manukau Harbour and the name of a local Ngāi Tai rangātira (chief) Tara-Te-Irirangi. Positioned on the banks of the Tāmaki River, which slivers through the isthmus from the east, Ōtara is a place Māori have long used as a portage to travel and carry goods from one coast to the other.