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Where did this version of the Maui myth come from? It is not what I've heard.

"The Pandyas of South India were obsessed with naming their land parts too based on fish parts." - is this relevant to this article? RickK 02:44 29 Jun 2003 (UTC)

No, and stupid to boot. - Montréalais 06:38, 26 Aug 2003 (UTC)
  • The chopped-up fish story is pretty much in line with what I remember reading. :robinp 08:27, 18 Mar 2004 (UTC)

It needs more towns. Someone could start with the local government page.:robinp 21:19, 19 Feb 2004 (UTC)

ALTERNATIVELY - we already have a page called List of towns in New Zealand, so maybe we should use it as the only long list, adding "SI" to the end of the (smaller number of) towns that are South Island?:robinp 21:16, 26 Feb 2004 (UTC)

I originally added the list of towns. However now I think that it is probably not a good idea to have such a list on this article as there are just so many. I think only of cities and regions should be listed. Then the towns can be listed in each region article. See Waikato for an example of such a list. -- Popsracer 13:01, 18 Mar 2004 (UTC)

I agree that it is probably not a good idea to try to have a comprehensive list within this article. I like Robin's alternative suggestion to add an North Island/South Island indicator to the List of towns in NZ. Bkonrad | Talk

well then some one get thier act together and delet ituser:kiwiclipart 20:17, 1 september 2007

Definite article[edit]

222.154.49.45 (talk · contribs) has changed the sentence

In prose, the two main islands of New Zealand are called the North Island and the South Island, with the definite articles.

to

In prose, the two main islands of New Zealand are correctly called North Island and South Island.

and removed the word "the" before North Island in many places in the article.

It is my experience that the islands are usually referred to as "the North Island" and "the South Island", even though the article is not part of the name, and referring to them only as "North Island" and "South Island" reads oddly. The South Island article has not been similarly changed.-gadfium 19:28, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Using "North Island" or "South Island" without the definite article reads no more oddly than "White Island", (which is an active volcanic island off the Bay of Plenty coast). I did add the word 'correct' in my edit. In my experience the only people who use the terms North Island and South Island are tourists - who haven't been corrupted by the locals! - but they are the correct names for the two main islands in New Zealand. Just as an aside, they have been called New Ulster and New Munster, and North, Middle (the current South Island), and South Island (which is now Stewart Island). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 222.154.49.45 (talk) 22:06, 10 January 2014 (UTC)