Land of the Long White Cloud
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Calque of Maori Aotearoa, from ao (“cloud, daytime, world”), tea (“white”), and roa (“long, tall”). Allegedly the first English-language mention was in the February, 1916, New Zealand School Journal (King, 2004).
- New Zealand (probably a reference to the appearance of mountainous land when seen on the horizon from a canoe after an ocean voyage).