Story: Canoe traditions

The longest place name in the world

The longest place name in the world

Two Central Hawke’s Bay Council workers, Dennis Goodley and David Blackledge, stand in front of a sign they have just fixed which marks the world’s longest name. The place 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
Photograph by Warren Buckland

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the East Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2361/the-longest-place-name-in-the-world (accessed 23 November 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005