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COLONISTS' BAY.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —After rending Mr Kearney's pointed and sensible letter with referenco to the ab.ive in veuf issue of 28'.h mat.. I fas! that we would bs no better off by adopting that name than fit present. With nil due respect to tbe memory of the pioneers cf German Bay,' is aeeraa to me that by calling it " Colonist* 1 Pay " we are not altering the name at all, but simply going from father to eon or brother to daughter. At a formal meeting held in November, 1914, at which fourteen residents were present, it was i uanimouely resolved tbet ihe Bny be oalled •• Otnkiunatua." provided that be the original Maori name. Some of the residents who were not present objected to it on ao count of it being hard to spell nnd a " jftwbrpakor " to pronounce. Why, Eome of our British names are harder. It may not be generally known that the lDman Eetnte, which comprised the largest part of tbe Bay, and sold in IP7S, was known as the "Tofcamntua Estate," but bp the late Cnnon Btack bebg the beet authority on Mnori nomenolature " Ofnkamatua " must be riph'. Now sir, the point comes here,-an informal meeting was lulii on the 24th inst., at which nine residents were present to definitely settle tbe name, and a resident movrd (bat the word "Alpha" be substituted Another resident moved ns an amendment that "Otakamatua" be adherfd to, which was lost by one vote The chairman said tfaat he would like the mee'ing to be unanimous in the matter, and "Coloniets" , ' waa suggested A deadlock ensued. After a Domain Board meeting was held, the minority made a compromise, and agreed to aeoept the word "Colonists." As one of the minority, the more I think about this word tbe less I like ifc, and am still of opinion that "Otakamatua" cannot be improved up n.— I am, eta., W, BUNOKELL.

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COLONISTS' BAY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Issue 3463, 1 June 1915

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COLONISTS' BAY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Issue 3463, 1 June 1915

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