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Calque of Maori Aotearoa, from ao (cloud, daytime, world), tea (white), and roa (long, tall). Allegedly the first English-language mention was in the February, 1916, New Zealand School Journal (King, 2004). Probably a reference to the appearance of mountainous land when seen on the horizon from a canoe after an ocean voyage.

Proper nounEdit

Land of the Long White Cloud

  1. (poetic) New Zealand