- New Zealand
The picturesque capital city of New Zealand has its origins in Maori Legends. A Maori legend says that the name for Wellington is ‘Te Upoko te Ika a Maui’. Translated in Maori language it means ‘ the head of Maui’s fish.’ ‘Te Whanganui -a- Tara’ is yet another Maori name for Wellington, Tara being the son of Whatonga a Polynesian who had migrated to Hawkes Bay and whose son had discovered the pretty harbor on the Southern tip of the North Island. Today many Maori historical sites are found all over Wellington and the Maori themselves are included in the ethnic fabric of the multicultural city.