indigenous meaning or old country memories?
At the start of Māori Language Week Helen Harvey looks at the place names around Taranaki and asks how many were changed by settlers and how many ancient names remain.
Taranaki’s mighty maunga will soon have his name back.
In the near future, Mt Taranaki will again be officially known by its pre-European title, Taranaki Maunga.
It will lose forever the name of Egmont, bestowed on it by Captain James Cook in honour of a British earl who never stepped foot in Aotearoa.
The park, which the maunga dominates, will also lose its connection to English aristocracy. Egmont National Park will soon be officially known as Te Papakura o Taranaki.