May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Islands and bays renamed in Maori (Stuff)

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Four prominent Auckland features have been renamed in a little-noticed Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Stuff Online/National – Michael Field >

Little Barrier Island, Bream Tail, Goat Island and Mathesons Bay will be renamed after the Crown reached a treaty settlement with Ngati Manuhiri last month.

Although the English names can still be used, the features will be official known in Maori as Te Hauturu-o-Toi (resting place of the wind) for Little Barrier, Paepae-o-Tu for Bream Tail, Te Hawere-a-Maki for Goat Island and Te Kohuroa (many mists) for Mathesons Bay.

In the settlement, the Crown acknowledges that in purchasing Mahurangi and Omaha in 1841, they breached the Treaty of Waitangi, signed the year earlier.

They also accept that the Crown showed “blatant disregard” for the people living on Te Hauturu/Little Barrier and forcibly evicted them in 1896.

“The Crown profoundly regrets its breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles which left Ngati Manuhiri with few landholdings by 1865,” the settlement says.

Renaming features was part of the $2.5 million settlement.

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