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Early Māori - English place names

Māori name
English equivalent
Aorere Situated in the Collingwood Area. The Inlet is called Ruataniwha
Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud) New Zealand
Heretaunga Hawke's Bay
Heretaunga The Hutt Valley
Heretaunga, Waiorotu The Hutt River
Kaparatehau Lake Grassmere
Kapiti Entry Island
Karauripe; Te Whanganui; Kakata Cloudy Bay; Port Underwood in Cloudy Bay
Maitahi or Maitai The Nelson Valley
Mana Flat Island, Table Island
Murihiku Southland
Otakou (the place of red earth. The Otago Peninsula had much yellow earth which gave red ochre when burnt) Otago
Poutini Westland
Rakiura Stewart Island
Raukawa Cook Strait
Te Aropawa, Te Arapawa An island in Queen Charlotte Sound; a general district name
Te Awaiti Tory Channel
Te Ika A Maui (The Fish of Maui) The North Island
Te Hoiere or Te Hoihere Pelorus Sound; Pelorus River
Te Taitapu Golden Bay
Te Wai Pounamu (The place of Greenstone) The Middle Island; The South Island
Totaranui Queen Charlotte Sound
Te Whanganui A Tara Port Nicholson; Wellington
Waimea Blind Bay, later Tasman Bay
Whakatu Nelson
Wharekauri Chatham Islands

Main source for research :
"Te Rauparaha, a new perspective" - Patricia Burns
"The Reed Dictionary of Māori Place Names" - A.W. Reed

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Related Links
Māori place names from the Māori Language Commission
SimplySaid - Māori place names of New Zealand is an interactive CD-ROM designed to assist you in the pronunciation of Māori words



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