Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


‘Aotearoa’ invalid says new history book

Penguin Books (N.Z.) Limited

News Release
For immediate release
13 October 2003

‘Aotearoa’ invalid says new history book

Aotearoa was not the traditional Maori name for New Zealand, historian Michael King says in his new Penguin History of New Zealand, published today.

Instead, he writes, Aotearoa was selected and popularised as a Maori name for the country by such Pakeha writers as William Pember Reeves and Stephenson Percy Smith, and by the Department of Education’s School Journal.

‘In the pre-European era, Maori had no name for the country as a whole,’ Dr King writes. ‘Polynesian ancestors came from islands, and it was to islands that they gave names: Te Ika a Maui or the Fish of Maui for the North Island, Te Waka a Aoraki (the Canoe of Aoraki) or Te Wai Pounamu (the Place of Greenstone) for the South Island.

‘Only a small number of tribes used the name Aotearoa, and that was in relation to the North Island, not the country as a whole.’

Dr King also notes that nobody knows who selected and conferred the name New Zealand. ‘Abel Tasman called the country Staten Land, believing that it was connected to Staten Island on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. When that was disproved, an unknown cartographer in the Dutch East India Company chose New Zealand, to match the name New Holland, which was what the east coast of Australia was called in the middle of the seventeenth century.’

Copy ends

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Compelling Case For Meatless Meat

Talk about living in a bubble. As vegetarianism and veganism become normalised – there are more options on restaurant menus! - it can be easy to think that the whole world is gradually giving up on meat. Alas, the reverse is true. Americans for instance consumed 100 kilograms of meat and poultry in 2018, up from 75 kilograms in 1960, according to the US Department of Agriculture figures... More>>


Pay Policy: CTU Public Service Unions Meet With Public Service Minister

The Council of Trade Unions and affiliated public service unions, met with the Minister for the Public Service Hon Chris Hipkins this afternoon to discuss the pay expectations of those working in our public services. CTU President Richard Wagstaff said it was ... More>>

Government: Further Action Against Gang Crime

The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their ... More>>


Maori Party: Whakatōhea High Court Decision

“We applaud the Whakatōhea High Court case that has now set a precedent for Māori rights and interest in their foreshore and seabed. It’s an outstanding decision because the Court recognises all reclaimed lands with significant and boating traffic” ... More>>


PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels