In the same week, the Maori Party declared that if elected, it will arbitrarily demand the country’s name be changed from New Zealand to Aotearoa, along with all other anglicised place names, to Maori place names.
However, the name “Aotearoa” is not a traditional, nor even an appropriate, alternative name for New Zealand, according to Distinguished Professor Kerry Howe whose seminal article “Aotearoa-What’s in a Name” appeared in MSN News on 19th September. It is by far the most erudite and well-researched article on this issue yet to be produced. All New Zealanders should read this.
But, it is high time we acknowledged all cultures in Nu Tirani (New Zealand) in the face of continued denial of other cultures by bicultural activists.