May 20, 2019
Ngāi Tahu names recognised for Fiordland fiords
Dusky Sound could soon also be known as Tamatea under a proposal put to the New Zealand Geographic Board to create dual Māori-English names for 16 sounds and inlets in Fiordland.
The board, Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa, says restoring traditional Ngāi Tahu names alongside well-known and established English names will recognise the significance of both names and provide a window to rich stories in both Māori and English.
Two well-known visitor destinations; Milford Sound/Piopiotahi and Doubtful Sound/Patea already have dual names.
While most of the sounds and inlets in Fiordland are, in strict geographic terms, fiords, the board agreed to retain ‘Sound’ and ‘Inlet’ in the proposed official names because of their long-established common use.
Some of the other changes include Bligh Sound-Hawea, Preservation Inlet – Rakituma, Long Sound to Te Awaroa and Dagg Sound to Te Rā.
Consultation on the proposals is open until August 20.
The proposals are to alter:
Bligh Sound to Hāwea / Bligh Sound
Nancy Sound to Hinenui / Nancy Sound
Bradshaw Sound to Kaikiekie / Bradshaw Sound
Edwardson Sound to Moana-whenua-pōuri / Edwardson Sound
Preservation Inlet to Rakituma / Preservation Inlet
Chalky Inlet to Taiari / Chalky Inlet
Charles Sound to Taiporoporo / Charles Sound
Caswell Sound to Taitetimu / Caswell Sound
Dusky Sound to Tamatea / Dusky Sound
Thompson Sound to Te Awa-o-Tū / Thompson Sound
Long Sound to Te Awaroa / Long Sound
Sutherland Sound to Te Hāpua / Sutherland Sound
George Sound to Te Houhou / George Sound
Cunaris Sound to Te Korowhakaunu / Cunaris Sound
Breaksea Sound to Te Puaitaha / Breaksea Sound
Dagg Sound to Te Rā / Dagg Sound
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