Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Fully updated edition of classic place names guide publishing in Māori Language Week
Place Names: Their meanings and origins
Revised by Peter Dowling Published
by Oratia Books Publication
Date: 5 July 2016 ISBN:
The approach of Māori Language Week again throws the spotlight on
some of the most commonly used
Māori words – those that name places all over
New Zealand. We use them every day, but how many of us know what they mean or
can pronounce them with confidence?
For over 60 years now, A.W. Reed’s introduction to the meanings and
origins of Māori place names has served as a trusty guide to understanding and
pronunciation. This new, fourth edition includes over 2300 entries,
incorporating modern usages, expanded entries for main centres and important
features, and easy-reference maps.
The new Māori Place Names
honours the book’s whakapapa too – reproducing Reed’s introduction, and
bringing back the original illustrations by renowned artist and designer James
Berry. For bookshelf,
backpack or glovebox, this is a must.
A.W. Reed was one of the leading New Zealand publishers and authors
of the twentieth century, publishing several thousand books and penning over 200 himself. His work on New Zealand and Australian place names is
still definitive. He died in 1979.
The task of updating Reed’s work has been taken up by Peter
Dowling, the publisher of Oratia Books, who most recently revised Place Names of New Zealand in 2010.