Namasia District in Kaohsiung City
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|• District chief||Dahu Istanda (Taiwan First National Party)|
Namaxia District (Tsou language: Namasia; Chinese: 那瑪夏區; Hanyu Pinyin: Nàmǎxià Qū; Tongyong Pinyin: Nàmǎsià Cyu; Wade–Giles: Na4-ma3-hsia4 Ch'ü1), formerly Sanmin Township (三民鄉; Sānmín Xiāng), is a mountain indigenous district located in the northeastern part of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is the second largest district in Kaohsiung after Taoyuan District.
The population of the township is mainly the indigenous Bunun, Kanakanavu and Saaroa peoples. The modern-day population of the Kanakanavu people live in the two villages of Manga and Takanua (Zeitoun & Teng 2014).
On 1 January 2008, the then-township (which then was a part of Kaohsiung County) was renamed from Sanmin to Namaxia, as the name of Sanmin (taken from the Sun Yat-sen's Three Principles of the People), was considered an overly political name. Rather, the name Namaxia was chosen, as it is the name of a local river in the Tsou language, while its meaning is "better and better" in the Bunun language. 
During the period of Japanese rule, Namaxia was grouped with Maolin District and Taoyuan District and classified as "Aboriginal Areas" (蕃地), which was governed under Kizan District of Takao Prefecture.
The lowest point in the Qishan River valley is 430 meters above sea level; the highest is the peak of Mount Xinwangling (新望嶺), at 2,481 meters. The four main settlements upriver are Nangisalu (南沙魯), Maya (瑪雅), and Takanua (達卡努瓦) 1 & 2 .
There is plentiful wildlife: 29 mammal species, 97 bird species, 30 types of reptile, 16 amphibians, and 18 fishes. There are also 89 butterfly species.
Namaxia District is divided into three villages:
- Nangisalu Village (南沙魯里)
- Maya Village (瑪雅里)
- Takanua Village (達卡努瓦里)
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