The Weekend Sun took to the streets for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori or Māori Language Week, asking members of the public if they know the meaning behind the name Tauranga.
They were also asked if they think it’s important people should know the meaning behind the name of their city.
“No clue, I have no idea.
“To be honest with you, I have never really thought about it. I like the name, by right we should know what it means.”
“I don’t know what it means. Isn’t that terrible?
“Yes, I should [know] especially because I come from here."
“I don’t know, is that embarrassing.
“It would be quite neat [if people knew the meaning]. Tauranga is a beautiful place and everywhere is named something for a reason."
“[It means] Anchoring place.
“Tauranga is a bigger area, but there are the different suburbs. It’s more important you know what suburb you’re living in.”
“Something to do with the water – anchor. Something like that.
“Yes [people should know what it means]. It’s the place you’re living in. “
Te Ngariki Kokiri
“I don’t even know – I should probably know this, but I wouldn’t know sorry.
“Most definitely, without a doubt. It should be always known, if you feel. Everywhere in New Zealand, anything to do with the culture, everyone should just know about it.”