A rose by any other name…

So, New Zealand’s North and South islands officially have no name.

Under current law ‘North Island’ and ‘South Island’ are not official names. The Geographic Board are considering what names to give them. They are thinking along Maori lines of course, and why not? 

I can tell you right now, it probably will not matter a bit.  People will just go on calling them North and South Islands. 

The Department of Health ceased existance in 1988, and there never was a Health Department as such, but when I introduce myself as from the Ministry of Health I am always subsequently referred to as the man from the Health Department.  That is the name in the popular mind. 

In all the historical PC renamings that have taken place in NZ, the only one I can think of that appears to have stuck in the mind of the common man is Mt Taranaki instead of Egmont. Even then it probably took about 20 years to catch hold.  But the name Egmont is not obliterated completely from NZ maps. The name is is still commemorated in the name of the National Park that surrounds Mt Taranaki.  Egmont the mountain was named  by James Cook after John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont, the First Lord of the Admiralty because of his patronage in promoting Cook’s first voyage.  

But I digress. 

And why not?

I was going to say I can’t even remember the name that officially replaced Soames island. 


Ah yes…


Matiu Island


About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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