The Maori Party, the political party of New Zealand, has launched a campaign to change the country’s name, which is being discussed a lot. The Māori Party wants the country’s official name to be changed to Aotearoa. Controversy has also broken out over this.
New Zealand to Aotearoa?
Last week the Maori party started an online petition, in which two demands have been made. First- The name of New Zealand should be changed to Aotearoa. Second- The names of all the cities, towns and places of the country should be returned to the same, which used to be in the Maori period before the arrival of the British.
The petition reads, “The time has come for Te Río Māori to be given the status of the country’s first and official language.” We are a Polynesian country. We are Aotearoa.’
In the online petition, the country’s parliament has been demanded that along with changing the name of the country, a process should be started, under which by 2026, all the places in the country should be given the exact words, which used to be in Te Río Māori language.
The demand is getting support.
This demand of the Maori party is getting a lot of support from the people. Within two days of the start of the petition, more than 50 thousand people had signed it. A party leader, Raviri Waititi, told reporters that hardly any petition had received support in New Zealand at such a rapid rate.
“Last year’s election told us that 80 per cent of the country’s people take pride in making Te Río Māori a part of their identity,” Waititi said. The support received for our petition confirms that. We are thankful for this and will try to make our voice heard.