Several streams and creeks flow down from the hills and pass through Akaroa until they empty into Akaroa Harbour. Current maps show their English and French names. More interesting are the Māori names because they are descriptive and typically convey a historic story. A few examples are Oinako (after a Ngati-Mamoe chief killed here), Waipirau (means bad smelling water) and Hine Pararariki (a women cooked in the boiling sun). This stream is Wai-iti meaning small water.