Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

10/7/2007

South Island-New Zealand

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The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. The Māori name for the South Island, Te Wai Pounamu, meaning “The Water/s of Greenstone” (greenstone being jade), possibly evolved from Te Wāhi Pounamu which means “The Place Of Greenstone”. The island is also known as Te Waka a Māui which means “Māui’s Canoe”. for more click here

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