This week marks the annual Māori Language Week (10-16th September 2018), so to get people interested in Te Reo I thought I’d revisit the maps I’ve made of the Māori place names of New Zealand/Aotearoa!
I first became interested in mapping Māori names last year, when I did some quick fire maps for the 7 Day Cartography Challenge. These first draft versions were done in 48 hours and left a lot of detail to be added and corrections made. There was plenty of interest around it though, so it was something I always intended to revisit and improve at a later date.
Earlier this year I spent some time doing some extensive research into correct spellings an macron usage, and turning it into a more useful map resource for learning more about our country’s Te Reo place names. It was a fascinating process that taught me a lot about the meanings and stories behind these names, as they often had a close connection to the geography of the place.
As a follow up project, I created an interactive version by collating an even more detailed database of place names at the local level; it also included many natural features, as well as feature like marae and the names of other countries. Check it out below or read more about it here (please don’t embed this elsewhere without permission, thanks):
In the meantime, I hope that these maps can contribute to this year’s Māori Language Week and the support of Te Reo in general, so feel free to share!