Island name game: 'Big Ted' and 'Little Ted'?

The South Island's Maori name Te Waipounamu refers to the greenstone rock found there. Photo / Greg Bowker
The South Island's Maori name Te Waipounamu refers to the greenstone rock found there. Photo / Greg Bowker

Kiwis have offered up a range of alternative names for the North and South islands - some serious and some not so serious.

The Geographic Board is publicly consulting on proposals to assign official alternative names to the two islands - Te Ika a Maui for the North and Te Waipounamu for the South.

On Twitter, Kiwis shared other alternative names for the our two largest islands, using the hashtag #nzislands.

The Listener's Toby Manhire had some of the sharpest suggestions, including "Cribs and Baches" and "Warner Bros' Original Mordor" and "Sky City Presents Hobbiton".

Seven Sharp's Jesse Mulligan pitched in with "Big Ted and Little Ted", while fellow comedian Guy Williams suggested we call both islands the South Island "just to screw with people".

Jolisa Gracewood suggested the North Island should be renamed "Punching" and the South Island renamed as "Our Weight".

John Hart (@farmgeek) refered to a chart by James Cook in 1770 hanging above his desk, in which the islands were named "Aeheinomouwe" and "Tovypoenammu", showing Maori-sounding names have been used by the British in the past to describe the islands.


Cribs and Baches - Toby Manhire (@toby_etc)
Warner Bros' Original Mordor and Sky City Presents Hobbiton - Toby Manhire
Stewart Island, Upper Stewart Island and Further Upper Stewart Island - Claire Robinson (@Spinprofessor)
For Humans and For Sheep - Alexandra (@aftunnicliffe)
Fred and Trev - Bill Blackstone (@SirWB)
Trev and Trevor - Toby Manhire
Ken and Ken - Jolisa Gracewood (@nzdodo)
Mainland and Pig Island - Paul Le Comte (@five15design)
Pretty and Average - David Slack (@DavidSlack)
Treasure and Fantasy - Raybon Kan (@RaybonKan)
Punching and Our Weight - (Jolisa Gracewood @nzdodo)
Racist and Slightly Less Racist - Jamaine Ross (@jamaine_ross)
Big Ted and Little Ted - Jesse Mulligan (@JesseMulligan)
Truck and Trailer - Jesse Mulligan
Tahi and Rua - Alastair Jamieson (@AlastairJNZ)
Hokey and Pokey - Steve Main (@stevemain)
Ka and Pai - Melissa Peterson (@avaadore14)

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- NZ Herald

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