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Your cor­re­spon­dent Greg Hawkins crit­i­cises the pro­nun­ci­a­tion of Waitemat¯a by an­nouncer Wendy Petrie be­cause she makes it sound like tar at the end. While Waitemat¯a may have been pro­nounced ‘Waituh­mat­ter’ for years, I be­lieve her ver­sion is cor­rect.

To­day many or­gan­i­sa­tions and books are show­ing M¯aori words with macrons (the lit­tle line over the top of a Maori vowel) to help with more faith­ful ren­di­tion of the lan­guage.

The name ac­tu­ally means Te Mat¯a wa­ters and refers to a rock (Boat Rock) which lies in the har­bour chan­nel just off Kauri Pt near the Chelsea sugar re­fin­ery. Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, it was named by Ta­mateka­pua, chief of the Arawa waka who placed a sa­cred rock called Te Mat¯a on it, judg­ing it a very aus­pi­cious place owing to all the fish. John Clark, Glen Eden.

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