Go all the way to Aotearoa

January 31, 2019

Danny Tahau Jobe has launched a petition to  add Aotearoa to our country’s official name.

. . . “Official documents of national identity, birth and citizenship certificates, passports and money-notes have Aotearoa and New Zealand together as the names of the country,” Danny Tahau Jobe’s petition states.

“Only ‘New Zealand’ has official status. Both names together will officially confirm/enhance nationhood and uniqueness in the world.” . . 

I was listening to Peter Williams on Magic Talk yesterday when this topic came up for discussion and was pleasantly surprised that the majority of callers were in favour of a change.

But if we’re going to change the name of our country, let’s not muck around adding Aotearoa to New Zealand.

Let’s go all the way and change it to Aotearoa.

If we add a five or six syllables (depending on how it’s pronounced) to the three we’ve already got, most will shorten it, using one name or the other and those unfamiliar with te reo are much more likely to opt for New Zealand than Aotearoa.

I am in favour of a change but my preference is Aotearoa by itself.

The petition is here.


We are sailing . . .

September 8, 2013

My parents met because of Dad’s love of sailing.

He was pulled out of the water after his yacht capsized by a man who became a friend. The friend’s wife was a friend of my mother’s and arranged a blind date for the couple who became my parents.

My brothers followed Dad’s love of sailing. I didn’t as a participant but do take an interest as a spectator and am looking forward to the America’s Cup race series which starts this morning.

For all the fuss off the water and the criticism that it’s not so much sport as competition for lawyers, and the two-race penalty imposed on Oracle which gives Emirates Team New Zealand a head start in the best-of-17 series, the America’s Cup is still a yacht race and it starts today.

Quintin Hogg, guest posts at Keeping Stock on the race and writes:

The cup has for me been an emotional rollercoaster.  Despair in 1987.  Hope in 1992, Joy in 1995 and 2000.  Anger, later on, in 2000. Despair again in 2003 and 2007. And now hope again in 2013.
The most interesting feeling is dread.  I don’t know who is faster of the two boats that contest the Americas’ Cup on Sunday. . .
Oracle is said to be fast.  I know that Aotearoa is fast.  The telemetry data from their races is available online.  We will only know on Sunday who is faster.. .

. . . My hope is an evenly contested match with ETNZ beating Oracle on the water and leaving the shenanigans that have been recorded elsewhere behind.  And if ETNZ wins then “yahoo” for two or three days and then the hard work begins to build an event. 

If ETNZ are not successful well they deserve congratulations.  They have been innovative and creative. They have been an advertisement for NZ beyond anything we have previously had including the AB’s.

My heart says ETNZ will win.  My head would like to.

Yeah, me too, with all fingers and toes crossed.


Stamps from Aotearoa to Zeeland

August 5, 2008

New Zealand Post is providing the chance for a (t is for) tiki tour through New Zealand culture history, heritage and kiwiana with its latest issue of stamps.

The 26 stamps go from A is for Aotearoa through G for the Good Night Kiwi (you’ll have to be old enough to remember when TV stopped transmission over night for that one); and S is for southern cross to Z is for Zeeland.


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