Newshub's te reo Māori quiz: Kiwi towns and cities

How well do you know New Zealand's towns and cities?

This week's Newshub te reo Māori quiz tests your mōhiotanga (knowledge) of New Zealand's towns and cities. For example, Tāmaki Makaurau is the Māori name for Auckland.  

Some of New Zealand's place names are known to be difficult to pronounce. Culture Trip listed in April the 11 "most commonly mispronounced places" in the country. 

But anyone can make a proposal for a new name or to change an existing name in New Zealand, according to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), also known as Toitū Te Whenua. 

The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB), or Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa, is New Zealand's place naming authority responsible for making place names official. It's an independent statutory board that LINZ provides administrative services for. 

Recent changes to New Zealand's place names include the North Island town of Whanganui. 

In December 2014, Wanganui was changed to Whanganui, after the Whanganui District Council voted to ask NZGB to change the name, following a request from Tūpoho, a Whanganui iwi rūnanga.

The NZGB accepted this request and their public consultation process on the proposal closed on 28 August 2015. 

Have a go and test your knowledge on New Zealand's towns and city names with the quiz below - then try using the Māori names on your next road trip! 



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