Maori want to rename New Zealand to Aotearoa

New Zealand was not always called New Zealand. The first settlers on the Pacific island called Aotearoa in the 14th century. Translated, it means “Land of the Long White Cloud”. Now the natives want to recreate this name.

The Maori party has petitioned to officially rename the Pacific island of Aotearoa. In addition, all towns and places will be given indigenous Maori names again by 2026. The party’s two chairs, Roiry Waititi and Debbie Ngariwa Packer, wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

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