Maori have long called our islands Te Ika-a-Maui, Te Waipounamu or Te Waka-a-Maui, Rakiura and Whare Kauri or Rekohu.

The NZ Geographic Board are sifting through submissions 2608 to decide if  both Maori and European names as will be used as official names of our country.

Te Ika-a-Maui and North Island and Te Waipounamu and South Island. The chairman of the NZ Geographic Board is chuffed to see the majority of submissions support the use of both languages Maori and European names to be used.

Kua roa nei tatau te iwi Maori e korero ana mo nga motu o tatau i roto i te reo taketake aa ko Te Ika-a-Maui, Te Waipounamu, Te Waka o Maui ranei, Rakiura me Whare Kauri otira Rekohu. Hoi ano kei te whakaaro te Poari o Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa i nga tapae tono rua mano ono rau me te waru kia whakamana i nga ingoa Pakeha, Maori ka tapa ki nga whenua o tatau ara kei te whakaaro mena ko Te Ika-a-Maui me te kupu Ingarihi North Island, Te Waipounamu me te South Island. Hoi ano kei te hari koa te heamana o Nga Pou Taunaha ki te nuinga o nga tapae tono e hiahia ana kia reo rua nga ingoa te Maori me te Pakeha.