Longest Maori Place Name in the World

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Masterton, New Zealand

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The Longest Maori Place Name in the World. ( 85 Letters )

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.

Tamatea was awell known Maori chief, warrior and explorer of his time. He is the ancestor of the Ngati Kahungunu people of Porangahau, and acquired many names to commemorate his prowess.
Whilst passing through the inland district of Porangahau, Tamatea encounted the Ngati Hine people and had to fight them to get passed. In the battle known as " Matanui " , his brother was killed, Tamatea was so greived at his loss that he stayed for some time at the place, and each morning he would sit on the knoll to play a lament on his koauau.
Hence tha name indicating the hill on which Tamatea, the chief of great physical stature and reown, played a lament on his flute to the memory of his brother.

Na Te Tipuna Terehuka Tutaki enei korero i Tukua

PLACE : Northern Wairarapa/ Southern Hawkes Bay area
10 minutes east of Porangahau

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