Story: Tapa whenua – naming places

New Zealand waters

New Zealand waters

This map shows the Māori names of the oceans, seas, bays and straits around New Zealand.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: He korero purakau mo nga taunahanahatanga a nga tupuna = Place names of the ancestors, a Maori oral history atlas. Wellington: New Zealand Geographic Board, 1990, p. 6

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tapa whenua – naming places - Events, maps and European influences', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Nov 2008