Story: Tapa whenua – naming places

Whanganui Inlet

Whanganui Inlet

This is Whanganui Inlet, at the top of the South Island. Whanganui means ‘large harbour’, and is an example of a name that simply describes a natural feature.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tapa whenua – naming places - Events, maps and European influences', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Nov 2008