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New Zealand's Longest Place Name

New Zealand is home the reputedly longest place name in the world, at 126 characters. Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu is located near Porangahau in Hawke's Bay, and it translates to ‘the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as land eater, played his flute to his loved one’. To the locals, it is simply called Taumata Hill. The name refers to the renowned explorer Tamatea, who played music to his beloved on the hill in the background. Many Māori place names relate events and are in the form of a sentence.


The sign shown is a prop from the film 'Goodbye Porkpie', a 1981 New Zealand classic from director Geoff Murphy. It is in the form of an AA road sign, but unfortunately it has a spelling mistake - the 25th letter is an 'h' when it should be an 'a'.


Archives ref: AAPG W3957 1 (R177095). See it on Archway here.




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Taken on May 29, 2012