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Tamatea sign

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This sign, standing at Pōrangahau, has what is reputed to be the longest place name in the world. It refers to the renowned explorer Tamatea, and how he played his kōauau (flute) to his beloved on the hill in the background. Listen to a waiata (song) ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Mānuka honey

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Mānuka honey is produced by bees that feed on mānuka flowers. The honey from some areas has antibiotic properties. But the antibiotic compound leptospermone, found in the essential oil from mānuka, does not seem to be responsible for the biological activity of the honey. Listen to ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Longest place name in the world

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

A hill near the coastal settlement of Pōrangahau is believed to have the longest place name in the world. The name is sung at the start of this waiata (song) and is followed by an account – in Māori – of the story behind it of the explorer Tamatea, who climbed the hill and played ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage