Tuesday 20 March 2018

New Zealand drops racially offensive place names

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Ministers in New Zealand have announced that they are to rename three place names which feature a racially offensive term.

NDTV is reporting that the names of three areas in the Southern Alps of the South Island have been changed to words taken from the indigenous Maori language.

N***er Stream will now be known as Pukio Stream, N***erhead becomes Tawhai Hill and N***er Hill is renamed Kanuka Hills.

Land Information Minister Louise Upston told local reporters that the use of "n***er" reflected a time "when attitudes towards this word were markedly different to what they are now".

"This isn't about rewriting history. It is and will remain a matter of public record that these three places used to carry different names.

"However, in a society like ours that is multicultural and where most New Zealanders do not go out of their way to be offensive or exclude others, I do not believe this word has a place in our official names."

There have been similar calls to change the names of other areas on the South Island.

Darkies Creek, Darkies Terrace Track and Darkies Terrace, were named after African-American prospector Arthur "Darkie" Addison in the 1860s.

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