Apparently we are Rednecks if we don’t like Maori names

People objecting to the renaming of the two main islands with Maori names have been labelled rednecks:

Cultural commentators hope for a reasoned debate on a move to recognise alternative names for both the North and South Islands – but one says it’s likely to bring out pedants and rednecks.

The Geographic Board is publicly consulting on proposals to assign official alternative names to the two main islands – Te Ika a Maui for the North and Te Waipounamu for the South. The first refers to demi-god Maui’s act of fishing up the North Island while the second is a reference to that island’s greenstone.

Ngai Tahu’s Tahu Potiki said Te Waipounamu was the most commonly used term by Maori in the South although there were other names such as Te Waahipounamu, Arapawa, Mahunui, Te Waka a Aoraki, Te Waka a Maui.

“It’ll bring all the pedants out of the bloody provinces is all. It’ll probably draw out a few rednecks as well but I think it’s a nice idea.”

It’s alright to be redneck.


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