By Colleen Knudson, International Development Director
Aotearoa is the Maori name of New Zealand and translates to “land of the long white cloud”. Maori are the indigenous Polynesia people of New Zealand. As legend has it, Kupe, the first Polynesian to discover New Zealand, first thought he was approaching land because of the large cloud hovering over it. Seeing this, his wife yelled out “He ao! He ao!” (a cloud! a cloud!), which Kupe would take as inspiration when it came time to name this discovery.
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