Story: Place names

Plan of Newcastle / Ngāruawāhia, 1860s

The town founded at the junction of the Waipā and Waikato Rivers in 1863 was named Newcastle, after a British notable, but reverted soon after to Ngāruawāhia, the Māori name of the locality. Name reversion was common in North Island districts with a significant Māori presence.

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Place names - Māori and Pākehā names', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 24 Nov 2008