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Māori Place Names their meanings and origins

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Māori Place Names Their meanings and origins (4th Edition)– Revised By Peter Dowling

Understand and pronounce Māori place names with this new edition of A.W.Reed’s classic guide.

From Ahaura to Whitianga, this is the definitive guide to the most common and notable places across New Zealand, with over 2300 individual entries. Where do names like Whāngārei, Tauranga, Motueka and Timaru originate? What are the Māori names for Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin? Māori place names gives concise answers to these and many more questions, with words broken down into component parts and macrons to indicate the correct pronunciation of vowels.

This fourth edition reorders some names to follow the Māori alphabet, includes maps showing principal names, and reprint illustrations from the original 1950 edition.

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A.W. Reed was one of the leading New Zealand publishers and authors of the twentieth century, publishing several thousand books and penning over 200 himself. His work on New Zealand and Australian place names is still definitive. He died in 1979. The task of updating Reed’s work has been undertaken by publisher and editor Peter Dowling, who fully revised and extended Place Names of New Zealand in 2010.


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