Aotearoa (MÄori: [aÉËtÉaÉ¾Éa], commonly mispronounced i/aÊtÉªÉËroÊ.É/ by English speakers) is the most widely known and accepted MÄori name for New Zealand. It is used by both MÄori and non-MÄori, and is becoming increasingly widespread in the bilingual names of national organisations, such as the National Library of New Zealand / Te Puna MÄtauranga o Aotearoa. Since the 1990s it has been the custom to sing New Zealand's national anthem in both MÄori and English "God Defend New Zealand", which has exposed the term Aotearoa to a wider audience.
You should not think of something very fancy. In fact should you guess what award he received would mean you should consider playing the lottery. [tag]Elton John[/tag] has received a specially made bird-feather cloak for his many visits to Maori communities. The man is known for his fabulous music but for other things as well. [...]