Let’s all get over names

LETTER

Re: Changes to names not unheard of, January 7 letter.

Mr Smiler, I don’t know whether you were trying to agree or disagree with my comments in my letter (Tairawhiti unknown) but your letter supports my opinion.

What you wrote was absolutely correct. Before their names were changed, Mumbai, Beijing and Myanmar were know as Bombay, Peking and Burma. Also let us remember that Istanbul was once Constantinople. The world got used to these changes so why should it not happen here?

Poverty Bay was once Turanganui-a-kiwa; Gisborne was once Turanga. Like the great and famous names quoted above, why can’t we all accept the present titles given to our area?

Let’s forget the past names (as have the rest of the world) and live with our new titles. Poverty Bay and Gisborne are our current epithets. Let’s just use them and not get tied down (by the desire of some) to return to the past. There are people in high places with this strange mindset. Let us all “get over it”.

MIKE MULROONEY

Re: Changes to names not unheard of, January 7 letter.

Mr Smiler, I don’t know whether you were trying to agree or disagree with my comments in my letter (Tairawhiti unknown) but your letter supports my opinion.

What you wrote was absolutely correct. Before their names were changed, Mumbai, Beijing and Myanmar were know as Bombay, Peking and Burma. Also let us remember that Istanbul was once Constantinople. The world got used to these changes so why should it not happen here?

Poverty Bay was once Turanganui-a-kiwa; Gisborne was once Turanga. Like the great and famous names quoted above, why can’t we all accept the present titles given to our area?

Let’s forget the past names (as have the rest of the world) and live with our new titles. Poverty Bay and Gisborne are our current epithets. Let’s just use them and not get tied down (by the desire of some) to return to the past. There are people in high places with this strange mindset. Let us all “get over it”.

MIKE MULROONEY

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Winston Moreton - 9 months ago
Tourism is our region's best economic driver. Maori tags are a unique point of difference in a very competitive worldwide market. Air NZ have caught on.

Joe Naden - 9 months ago
Sir,
Most name changes were brought about by colonization following the old adage that he who names...owns. Many of the countries in Africa and South East Asia colonized by Europe from the 16th century on and whose colonizers left when the resources ran out quickly dropped the names the colonizer's left them with and reverted to names that were historically and culturally relevant. It appears Mr Mulrooney wants to stick with the name the colonizers replaced the traditional name - Turanganui a Kiwa - with. Did Mr.Gisborne ever visit Turanganui a Kiwa? Kiwa did.

Joe Naden
Te Toka a Namu and Rangitukia

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