Story: Tapa whenua – naming places

Aoraki/Mt Cook (1st of 2)

Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki is the highest peak in the Southern Alps, and is sacred to the Ngāi Tahu tribe. Its name is the Ngāi Tahu version of the Māori name Aorangi, which is also found throughout Polynesia. Peaks with this name are often found beside another called Hikurangi.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tapa whenua – naming places - Traditions and place names from Polynesia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Nov 2008