Story: Canoe traditions

The longest place name in the world

The longest place name in the world

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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Reference: 02 December 2004
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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the East Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005