I have relatives that emigrated to New Zealand a few years ago. They love it there and have settled well. My mother who is no longer with us, made the 12,000 mile trek from the UK when she was 80!
My relatives, particularly in their early days there often changed address. We would receive a note in the mail informing us of their new address. Honestly, some of the names were like, Borabunga or Ruamongaba. Ok, I made those up, but never the less, there are some strange names.
The Second Longest Name In The World!
Here’s a name of a town and I kid you not, it’s a genuine place in New Zealand:
“Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu”. It’s the town with the longest name in New Zealand and the second longest in the world! What the heck is the longest? I bet when anyone receives mail there, the envelope has more writing on it than the letter it contains. I wonder if they have a football team? Can you imagine dragging the scarf about with the clubs name on it? It would take 3 of you!
I know it’s all based on the Maori language, but why so long? So many questions. The country is made up of two islands, called, North and South. Well they kept that easy enough. When I first received an address of where my relatives had moved to it read as Why Poo!. Yes, Waipu! No matter how you say it, it still sounds like a rude question.
Ooh Waka Do Waka Day
When you think of the amazing number of places that begin with ‘Whaka’…. Whakatane, Whakarewarewa, Whakamoa yet the Kiwi way of pronouncing Wha is Fha you end up with some pretty bad sounding language. I hope I haven’t offended anyone, it’s just that some of these town names are huge. Longer than the ones in Wales.
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