Kia OraTHIS POST HAS BEEN EDITED - Cairnswk PM'd a request to re-order this post as a list - a fair and reasonable request if you ask me!!
It seems strange sitting back and watching this map running through the mill. That's my home! Anyways, here's a list of things I suggest - please feel free to include or ignore any of my suggestions!!
- Spelling - Whangarei not Whangerei - Karamea not Karamia - Hurunui not Hunurui (nui means big).
- Significance of Tiki - Tiki are Taonga (sacred objects) personal to people - in modern life you give someone a Tiki carving and they wear it as their connection to the land and to you the giver. Setting up a Tiki hunt is an interesting concept in its own right and many people collect Tiki. To be clear ... there's is nothing wrong or culturally inappropriate with that!! Maybe some reference to this being a Tiki hunt may be worth mentioning?
- Your intention was that the Tiki's can be found in areas of Maori significance - but that begs the question why the places you chose? Here is a map showing areas of cultural significance to Maori ... I include this to assist you with placement on your map. In truth New Zealand is a country of deep cultural history and pride in heritage, wherever that may be from. We call ourselves Kiwi and people (like me) who have a little bit of Maori blood in them have a true fondness of Maori culture but even those without have a great connection with that tradition. New Zealand is an evolving place end even the likes of us with Maori blood recognise and regard those with other cultural heritage (especially British of whom our forebears united - and in the likes of me physically in that I also have British blood!).
- I see your map as being a really cool way of showing a joined cultural heritage and hence agree with the English place names rather than suggesting Maori ones!! [spoiler=a little history for those who may be interested]Keep in mind that New Zealand changed irrevocably in 1840 when the British enteres a treaty with the Maori people (again that itself is a matter for debate with some - the treaty was moved around the place so that the various chiefs could sign and although many signed at Waitangi (a town in Northland), many others refused to go there (multiple reasons) and so signed elsewhere and then not all Chiefs signed - some refusing altogether which have resulted in settlement cases between unresolved issues and the government at a Court known as the Waitangi Tribunal). I digress, the point is that the boundaries in the map have become the accepted ones. It is helpful to be aware that tradition has it that seven canoes (wakas) came from the mythical land of Hawaiiki (not Hawaii) and settled in different parts of the country. The main tribes divided into sub-tribes (iwi) and families (hapu), hence the land divisions. If you were wanting to find places of significance then that's a big undertaking of some historical significance and not just a little bit of controversy).[spoiler]
- Having regard to the map of Maori regions and places, here's a list of recommendations from me that may be helpful:
- Focus on Nga Puhi (Kaitaia rather than Whangarei)
- Tainui (close enough to Pukekohe - shift from Rodney - which really isn't a Maori renown area at all)
- Tuhoi (Rotorua rather than Whakatane)
- Ngati Porou (where you have Te Araroa but I'd choose Ruatoria as that has more significance)
- Ngati Kahungun (Hastings)
- Ngati Maru (Mt Taranaki - rather than Hawera
- Ngati Ruakawa (Taihape)
- Ngati Toa (where you have Wellington - which is actually Pararaparaumu as Wellington is at the botton of the North Island where the circular harbour is - not that I'm complaining but Wellington is the Capital city!)
- Ngati Tama (Nelson)
- Rangitane (where you have Picton - shift from MV)
- Ngati Apa (where you have Karamia - shift from Westport, which frankly wouldn't be classified as Maori in any way shape or form!)
- The rest of the South Island is pretty much considered Ngai Tahu - but you could do Ngai Tahu (where you have Hunurui - actually spelled Hurunui - but I'd shift that to Kairkoura if I were you)
- Te Wai Pounamu (pretty much covers it all but why not have that where you have Waimate
- Waitahe (where you have Clutha - actually speklled Balclutha - but I'd move that to Kaitangata if I were you)
- finally Ngati Mamoe (where you have Fjordland but I'd shift that to Manapouri if I were you).
- For accurate locations check North Island and South Island.
This is all my personal opinion and may not be shared by everyone - and for anyone who disagrees with me, please don't be offended if I missed out your hapu, or you have any other issue, as I was really looking at map versus significant areas on a meta level.
There's lots else I could say about New Zealand if you are interested, but I was thinking this may be enough for your map for now.
Last edited by thehippo8
on Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.