824 Māori place names made official

25 June 2019

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) has made 824 Māori place names official.

The names are all in common use with 307 now including macrons. Examples include Taupō, Whakatāne, Whangārei, Lake Wānaka, Ōhakune, Ōpōtiki and Tūrangi.

“Applying macrons correctly in written Māori provides the meaning of a name and assists with pronunciation. This is important for all New Zealanders,” says Anselm Haanen, Acting Chairperson of the NZGB.

“Many Māori place names have important stories behind them, so ensuring the correct spelling will help keep those stories alive. For example, as part of these changes New Zealand’s longest place name, Taumatawhakatangihangakōauauotamateapōkaiwhenuakitānatahu, has had macrons added. The name tells the story of the hill where Tamatea played his flute to his loved one.”

Many of the names have resulted from a collaborative project with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to officially recognise their traditional tūturu names from their online cultural heritage atlas, Kā Huru Manu. The remaining names were made official to support the Say it Tika campaign.

The full list of these official Māori place names is available here.

 

Kua whakamanahia ētahi ingoa wāhi Māori e 824

Kua whakamanahia e Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) ētahi ingoa wāhi Māori e 824.

E whakamahia whānuitia ana te katoa o ngā ingoa, kua hoatu hoki he tohutō ki ētahi ingoa e 307.  Ko ētahi tauira ko Taupō, ko Whakatāne, ko Whangārei, ko Lake Wānaka, ko Ōhakune, ko Ōpōtiki me Tūrangi.

Hei tā Anselm Haanen, Toihau Whakakapi o te NZGB, “Mā te hoatu tika i te tohutō i te tuhinga o te reo Māori ka kitea te tikanga o te ingoa, ka āwhina anō i te whakahua tika i te ingoa. He mea nui tēnei ki te katoa o Aotearoa."

“He kōrero rangatira kei muri o te maha atu o te ingoa wāhi Māori, nō reira mā te whai kia tika te tuhia o te ingoa e ora tonu ai aua kōrero. Hei tauira, kua hoatu tika he tohutō ki te ingoa wāhi roa katoa o Aotearoa nei, arā te ingoa o te Taumatawhakatangihangakōauauotamateapōkaiwhenuakitānatahu. E kōrero ana te ingoa nei mō te puke i whakatangihia ai e Tamatea tana kōauau ki tāna ipo."  

He maha ngā ingoa kua hua mai i tētahi hōtaka mahi ngātahi ki Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu ki te whakamana i ō rātou ingoa tūturu kei tā rātou mahere whenua ahurea tuihono, a Kā Huru Manu. Ko ētahi atu ingoa i whakamanahia hei tautoko i te kaupapa Say it Tika.

Ka kitea te katoa o ngā ingoa wāhi Māori kua whakamanahia i konei.

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