Aotearoa

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Maori Aotearoa (long white cloud; North Island; New Zealand), see there for more.

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Aotearoa

  1. (chiefly New Zealand, obsolete) The North Island of New Zealand.
    Synonym: North Island
    • 1855, Sir George Grey, Polynesian mythology and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race: as furnished by their priests and chiefs[1]:
      he found in the sea this island Aotearoa (the northern island of New Zealand), and he thought he would land there.
  2. (chiefly New Zealand) New Zealand, a country in Oceania; especially seen in a Polynesian or pre-colonial context.
    Synonyms: Aotearoa New Zealand, New Zealand
    • 1981, Tim Finn, Split Enz (lyrics and music), “Six Months in a Leaky Boat”:
      Aotearoa / rugged individual / glistens like a pearl at the bottom of the world [...].
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, page 877:
      The Maori in Aotearoa (the pair of major islands which Europeans have known as New Zealand) were part of the same oceanic culture.
    • 2019, Kamaka Pili, “Ep. 37: Manulani Aluli Meyer - Hawaiian Epistemology” (4:35 from the start), in Aloha Authentic[2], via YouTube:
      You were a professor at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and I know you went to Aotearoa to have some time there and gain some experiences.
    • 2020, Sujit Sivasundaram, Waves Across the South, William Collins, published 2021, page 10:
      There then arose a triangle of settlement across the vast Pacific, which had as its points Hawai‘i, Rapa Nui and Aotearoa.
    • 2021 October 16, Lidia Kelly, “New Zealand vaccinates 2.5% of its people in a day in drive to live with COVID-19”, in William Mallard, editor, Reuters[3], archived from the original on 16 October 2021, Asia Pacific:
      New Zealand vaccinated at least 2.5% of its people on Saturday as the government tries to accelerate inoculations and live with COVID-19, preliminary health ministry data showed.
      Through an array of strategies, gimmicks and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's encouragement through the day, 124,669 shots were administered by late in the day in a country of 4.9 million.
      "We set a target for ourselves, Aotearoa, you've done it, but let's keep going," Ardern said, using a Maori name for New Zealand at a vaccination site, according to the Newshub news service. "Let's go for 150 [thousand]. Let's go big or go home."
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Aotearoa.

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Further reading[edit]

  • H. W. Orsman, editor (1997) The Dictionary of New Zealand English: A Dictionary of New Zealandisms on Historical Principles, Auckland: Oxford University Press
  • T. Deverson; G. Kennedy, editors (2005) The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary, Victoria: Oxford University Press
  • M. King (2004) The Penguin History of New Zealand, Auckland: Penguin Books

Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Maori Aotearoa in the 20th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /ao̯.te.a.ˈro.a/

Proper noun[edit]

Aotearoa

  1. New Zealand (a country and archipelago in Oceania, to the east of Australia)
    Synonyms: Aokealoa, Nukilani

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Maori[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly from ao (cloud, daytime, world) +‎ tea (white) +‎ roa (long, tall); often translated as “the land of the long white cloud” (the assumption presumably being that the phrase referred to a mountainous land seen on the horizon from a canoe, after an ocean voyage). The term may have originally referred to the North Island only.

The original name used by the indigenous Polynesian population was Te Ika Nui A Maui or Te Ika-a-Māui (The great fish of Maui); from te (the) +‎ ika (fish) +‎ nui (big, great, large) +‎ a (of) +‎ Māui (a Polynesian demigod).

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Aotearoa

  1. (obsolete) North Island (of New Zealand)
  2. New Zealand (a country and archipelago in Oceania, to the east of Australia)
  3. The Māori name for the national anthem of New Zealand, God Defend New Zealand

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Further reading[edit]

  • Aotearoa” in John C. Moorfield, Te Aka: Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index, 3rd edition, Longman/Pearson Education New Zealand, 2011, →ISBN.

Portuguese[edit]

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Aotearoa

  1. Aotearoa (New Zealand, a country in Oceania; especially seen in a Polynesian or pre-colonial context)
    Synonym: Nova Zelândia