Stewart Island Place Names... ... a residents view of some of our place names and their stories....
Many Stewart Island place names have suffered under a succession of map makers with many names altered in a quite cavalier fashion.
Historians have to a large extent managed to unravel these, but the story of some of course are lost in the mists of time.
The story of the Island comes to life in our Stewart Island Place Names. There are far too many to include them all here, but we hope to have some of the more interesting. The material comes from a variety of sources, some official, some from Maori and some commonly used local names. Where a place has (or has had) several names we will start with the Maori name, followed by successive names up to the present.
For further reading follow this link where you will find a short list of Island focused histories.
We welcome suggestions, brick bats and roses, as we don’t claim to be an authority by any means.
This is very much a work in progress, and pages will be added as time allows
This project grew out of a conversation I had many years ago with Harold Ashwell. We had been chartered to take a group down to Port Pegasus, filming Maori oral history. Incidentally one of the most personally rewarding charters I had hosted. Harold told me of a book he had authored on local Maori place names, which reminded me of a book by John Hall Jones on Fiordland place names. We tossed around the idea of having a website devoted to placenames, and I looked into the possibility of making it happen…which went nowhere really as the tech wasn’t really affordably available. But then along came Google Earth and Maps, and all of a sudden I had a vehicle to make it happen. Harrold has since sadly passed on, and I would like to dedicate these resources to his memory and his foresight in recording such important history.
Zoom the map in or out using the Google controls on the left.
Click in the appropriate Icon, and then on the link within the box to go to the Place Name Page
These links are more or less in clockwise direction around the Island, starting at North Island