Next week is Maori language week. Cool or what. Ngāti Kahungunu (a tribal group) has the distinction of creating the longest place name in the world. Are you ready?
Hah! My spell checker didn’t recognise that one. Why Microsoft, why? You have an opinion about everything else in our lives? You think I’m making it up? I think NOT!
Every iwi has their explorers and all of the names associated with their feats of discovery were long. Tamatea and his journey is encapsulated with the rough translation from wikipedia – The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his flute to his loved one. Romantic or what?
Sweet. If you’re old enough, you might recall the 1979 UK pop hit The Lone Ranger by Quantum Jump. That was the background chant. You don’t remember? Philistine.
In the event that you want to see the general spot Tamatea got it going on, it’s around about here. Nau mai, haere mai – bring your whānau and friends – tautoko te reo Māori!