Friday, September 18, 2009

ZenTiger Bigger than an H

Wanganuians around the country have been shocked with the discovery of a genuine Maori document (actually, a Maori wood carving) being found in a small Maori Pa on the edge of Wanganui. It dates back to the earliest days of the settlement and clearly indicates that the site of Wanganui was originally called Auckland.
[Photo:Pa of Geodetic Surveys and Moa Tax, 1885]
It also turns out that this particular Pa was the Pa in charge of Geodetic Surveys and has a full tribal register of chiefs who paid Moa Tax. These tax records confirm the site of Wanganui should actually be called "Auckland".

"It's important to use the correct names, and really, the issue is bigger than one letter, and it has always been bigger than one letter", said Michael Laws, Mayor of Auckland (Wanganui).

"Obviously, there is a potential for confusion once we rename Wanganui to Auckland because, according to these genuine wood carvings, Northern Auckland has stolen our name. This same document suggests Northern Auckland should be renamed to Bloody Big Harbour, or Whanganui-nui.

"If it is important to get names right, then I guess we just have to get on with it and call the place "Auckland".


Source of Artwork: Bloody Big Harbour Gallery.

The history of the Maori Written Language

Ozy's View: Wanganui, Whanganui or Satan's Armpit?

2 comment(s):

Ozy Mandias said...

The question is when will it ever end??? there are probably hundreds of NZ place name different from the original. Mount Maunganui cant have been the original name!!!!
Is this just the tip of the iceberg???

ZenTiger said...

I heard on good authority (I made it up) that after the Maori Party push for a legislative change to ensure correct spelling of all Maori names that have been in mis-use for 100 years, they will be demanding that the USA correct the spelling of words such as "color".

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