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is a township in Southland, between Gore and Invercargill on the South Island Main Trunk railway and the main highway.
Mataura was first settled by Europeans in the late 1850s, and became a borough in 1895.
A few kilometres from Mataura was the Maori village, Tuturau, where in 1836 the battle between North and South Island Maori was fought and occupied but later retaken by the southerners.
In 1937 the site of the village was given to the Mataura as the Tuturau Centenary Reserve by the Maori people of Southland.
The township's main employer is the local board and paper mill.

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Mataura Mataura Mataura

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