Re: birding-aus Re: Mt Cook

To: Colin/Merian Richardson <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Re: Mt Cook
From: Laurence and Leanne Knight <>
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 1999 18:42:06 +1000
Colin/Merian Richardson wrote:
> Quite right, Laurence & Leanne: Aoraki it is! I was brought up to believe
> it was Aorangi ("Cloud-Piercer") too, as portrayed on an early '70s NZ
> dollar coin, but last year in a visit there, I found the name to be Aoraki.
> When I asked about it, I was informed that Aoraki was the name given by the
> local Maoris and therefore had priority; Aorangi, they said, was the name
> given by North Island Maoris - therefore invalid!

Too right.  It would be like the Polish telling us how to
spell/pronounce the name of the highest point on continental Australia!

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