Aotearoa

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Māori: Long white cloud - ao -cloud, tea - white, roa - long.

["The land of the long white cloud" - the North Island of New Zealand.]

Homeland of the Maori. The North Island was also named as Te Ika a Maui - The fish of Maui. The South Island was called Te Wai Pounamu - The greenstone water, or Te Wahi Pounamu - The greenstone place. It was the green stone - jade - that first brought the Chinese into contact with the Maori.

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