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CORRESPONDENCE.

We are at all times ready to give expression to every shade of opinion, but in no was do we hold ourselves responsible for the views advocated by our oorrespon dents.l COLONISTS'. BAY. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l notice in a local in your issue of tho 25th instant a proposal to rername German Bay, alLo that a petition is being circulated to that effect. An old quotation— " There's nothing in a name,"—but I contend, sir, there is something in a name. Canon Stack, in " Tales of Banks Peninsula," gives tbe original Maori name of the Bay as "Otakamatua"—(the valley of the long rush). What more fitting appellation could be bad for the Bay. Not only would it perpetuate tbe beautiful and euphonious Maori language, but ii would bo a generous compliment to the noble race who are to-day fighting shoulder to shoulder and shedding their blood in common with our own brave lads at the front, Further, I would point out the many changes that are now being made in names of towns in the North Island, the same being replaced by Maori ones . " Colonists' " Bay has no definite meaning, I whereas in adopting " Otakamatua," a grace, ful and timely tribute would be paid to the noble Native race—a tribute, I hope, no resident will neglect, 1 consider that the procedure on Monday night was wrong, and that our member, the Hon. R. Et. Rhodes, should be written tc, asking what is required to be done to change the name of the Bay, and alter his reply has been received the residents act accordingly.—l am, etc., W. KEARNEY,

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CORRESPONDENCE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3461, 28 May 1915

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CORRESPONDENCE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3461, 28 May 1915

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