Government Place Names
January 26, 2019
I don’t cede sovereignty to a State Geographic Board to dictate or compel my speech or what names I may or may not use. I wont beg or plead them for the right to think or name things because then I would recognise myself a victim and they the masters who bestow names and definitions upon we the Muggles.
But if you want to take this sort of thing on it must be done as a moral cause. This lexical territory grab must be fought on moral grounds not by an appeal to victimhood and weakness such as inability to pronounce or the words being “too long”.
You do that, you’ve already lost.
South Island rivers restored to original Māori names; Stuff, 2018