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Where does the hill of Taumata in New Zealand get its' long name?

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05/05/2008

The hill of Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, also known as Taumata, actually translates to mean "The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one." It comes from New Zealand legends who spoke of a man named Tamatea, an explorer and also an ancestor of some of the indiginous people of New Zealand.