Christchurch (/ˈkraɪstʃɜːrtʃ/; Māori: Ōtautahi) is the largest town within the island of recent Seeland and also the seat of the town Region. The Christchurch urban space lies on the South Island's geographic area, just north of Banks dry land. It is home to 389,700 residents, making it New Zealand's third most-populous urban space behind urban center and Wellington.The city was named by the town Association, which settled the encompassing province of town. The name of Christchurch was united on at the initial meeting of the association on twenty seven March 1848. It was suggested by John Henry M. Robert Godley, who had attended Christ Church, Oxford. Some early writers called the city Christ Church, but it was recorded as metropolis within the minutes of the management committee of the association.