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The Reeident Magistrate, Christchurch, Mr b. W. Bishop, who iR a noted Maori scholar, in reply to a letter written by Mr G. Armstrong, oj Akaroa, gives bis opinion as to the correct spelling of the Maori name for German Bay aa follows : —

"I have delayed replyihg -to jour letter until I could lay hands ca some eld notes that I used to bave on Maori names. Tbey have, however, been stowed away co care, fully that I cannot find them, and must, therefore, answer your letter without them. First let me say that I am delighted to hear tbat the residents have deoided to change that tatoful name of •'German Bay. I often used to wonder aa I drove through that beautiful val'ey why they continued such an unsuitable name- At the present time it is, of course, unthinkable. I prefer tua, although "Otakaniatua" is quite as correct, There are many places commencing with "0," and as a rule they would have originally been written "Te Wahi 0 Takama tua," that is "the place of Takamatua" or of anything else tbat might be referred to. The werds "Te Wahi" have been dropped i out and the "O" left. lam rather diffident about venturing very decidedly up hi giving the meaning of the word, am! you must not take it for granted tbat I am correct, but I think it meant either "the place of Tabamatua (a former Maori eaiol) " or "the place of a foster parent." having reference to some incident that oocrred in local Maori history. Both names are rather nice."

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RE-NAMING GERMAN BAY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3473, 9 July 1915

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RE-NAMING GERMAN BAY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3473, 9 July 1915

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