Story: Place names

Map of Nova Zeelandia

Map of Nova Zeelandia

Franz Visscher’s chart of the discoveries made by Abel Tasman during his 1642–43 and 1644 voyages through the south-west Pacific records the first place names given in New Zealand by Europeans. The name New Zealand – Nova Zeelandia in Latin – displaced ‘Staten Landt’ once it was realised that Staten Landt at the bottom of South America was an island.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Place names - Naming the country and the main islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 24 Nov 2008