Two Central Hawke’s Bay District Council workers, Dennis Goodley and David Blackledge, kneel in front of a sign they have just fixed which marks the world’s longest place name. The sign is on Wimbledon Road, Porangahau, and the name means ‘The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as landeater, played his flute to his loved one’. It refers to the captain of the Tākitimu, Tamatea (also known as Tamatea-pōkaiwhenua).
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Hawke's Bay Today
Reference: 02 December 2004
Photograph by Warren Buckland
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