Too late to rectify?

LETTER

The historical article in Wednesday’s Pipiwharauroa is a fascinating read! Highlighting the demise of so many Maori place names around Poverty Bay and the “misapplication by the Pakeha of the true native names”! Turuturu not Tatapouri, Taruheru stream is actually Makakahi and so on . . .

The area called “Te Arai” includes “the original Maori names of Arai, Manutuke, Whakato, Rakaunora, Kaupapa and Pahoa, all closely sandwiched together, but all distinct in their geographical definition to the Maori”.

Unfortunately, the suggestion of preserving these correct, native names of localities was unheeded back in 1904 . . . is it too late to rectify this calamity?

Jules Hansen

The historical article in Wednesday’s Pipiwharauroa is a fascinating read! Highlighting the demise of so many Maori place names around Poverty Bay and the “misapplication by the Pakeha of the true native names”! Turuturu not Tatapouri, Taruheru stream is actually Makakahi and so on . . .

The area called “Te Arai” includes “the original Maori names of Arai, Manutuke, Whakato, Rakaunora, Kaupapa and Pahoa, all closely sandwiched together, but all distinct in their geographical definition to the Maori”.

Unfortunately, the suggestion of preserving these correct, native names of localities was unheeded back in 1904 . . . is it too late to rectify this calamity?

Jules Hansen

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Anna - 2 months ago
Tena koutou kei te mihinui kia koutou.
We as Tangata Whenua must learn and retain these original Maori place names and korero/speak of them, their mana whenua, which will also help restore the poetic beauty of te reo Maori.
It does not need the permission of one coloniser to correctly identify these lands and ingoa/names.
By vocalising and sharing these we can promote understanding and change.
It is never too late.
Kia ora koutou

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