Brightwater (Māori: Wairoa) is a town 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Nelson in Tasman district in the South Island of New Zealand.[3] It stands on the banks of the Wairoa River. Brightwater was first named Spring Grove. Alfred Saunders, the owner of a local flax mill situated on the banks of the Wairoa River and a prominent temperance activist,[4] renamed it Brightwater because of the clarity of the water in Wairoa River.[5] The settlement was named in 1855, but the area was settled as early as 1843.[citation needed]

Brightwater Rutherford Monument
Brightwater Rutherford Monument
Coordinates: 41.379°S 173.114°E / -41.379; 173.114
CountryNew Zealand
RegionTasman Region
DistrictTasman District
WardMoutere-Waimea Ward
First Settled1843
  Total4.84 km2 (1.87 sq mi)
33 m (108 ft)
 (June 2022)[2]
  Density480/km2 (1,300/sq mi)

Brightwater was the birthplace of Nobel Prize-winning scientist, the "father of nuclear physics", Sir Ernest Rutherford,[6] and has an elaborate Lord Rutherford Birthplace memorial on Lord Rutherford Road.

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