I mōhio rānei koe kei Aotearoa te ingoa wāhi roa katoa i te ao? Āe, e pono mārika ana tēnei, me te aha, Kei te reo Māori hoki taua ingoa rā. He hiwi tēnei wāhi e pātata atu ana ki tētahi hapori iti nei e kīia nei ko Pōrangahau, i te rohe o Ngāti Kahungunu. Ko te ingoa o tēnei wāhi, ko ‘Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu’. Whakaarohia tērā i tētahi reta, i tētahi mapi rānei!
Ko te ingoa poto o tēnei wāhi, ko te hiwi o Taumata, heoi, e kōrero ana te roanga ake o tēnei ingoa mō tētahi tipuna o Ngāti Kahungunu, mō Tamatea, i noho rā i te hiwi ki te whakatangi i tana kōauau ki tana whaiāipo.
I mōhiotia a Tamatea hei kaihōpara tipua mō Aotearoa. I te nui o te kauanuanutia ōna e ngā uri o Ngāti Kahungunu, i pēnei ai te whakaingoatia o tēnei wāhi nei.
Kei te pūtake o te hiwi o Taumata tētahi tohu, ā, kua whakairotia te ingoa roa katoa ki te tohu rā e pai ai te whakaahua a ngā manuhiri i te tohu rā i te taha o ō rātou whānau me ō rātou hoa.
Hei mahi pārekareka, kia whakamātauria e koutou ko ō hoa te ingoa nei i tētahi hā kotahi! Ā, mēnā kei Ngāti Kahungunu koe, ko te painga atu mehemea ka toro atu koe i tēnei wāhi, i te ingoa roa katoa i te ao!
Did you know that Aotearoa holds the record for the longest place name in the world? Well, it does, and guess what? It is in te reo Māori. This place is a hill near a small village called Pōrangahau in Ngāti Kahungunu. This place is called ‘Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki-maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu’. Imagine trying to write that on a letter or a map!
This place is named Taumata Hill for short, but the full name tells a story of Tamatea, a Ngāti Kahungunu tipuna, who sat on the hill and played his kōauau to his beloved.
Tamatea was known as a legendary explorer of Aotearoa. People from Ngāti Kahungunu respected him so much, that they named this area after him.
At the bottom of Taumata Hill, there is a sign, with the longest place name carved into it, that visitors can take pictures beside with their whānau and friends.
As a fun challenge, see if you and your friends can say the longest place name in one breath! Or even better, if you are in Ngāti Kahungunu, search to see if you can visit the longest place name in the world!