In New Zealand, the Maori Party is campaigning to change New Zealand’s name to Aotearoa. The initiative has more than 70,000 signatures and will be analyzed by the New Zealand Parliamentary Commission, which will encourage a referendum in parliament and develop a referendum plan.
Aotearoa, the new name they suggest, It refers to clouds, that is, it is highly dependent on the tribal culture of that country. They assert that the clouds greatly aided the Polynesian navigators who came across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand.
This name can already be found in the documents Even on government documents, passports and tickets.
However, the name change is still not very convincing in that country. A survey conducted by Colmar Brunton found that the names Aotearoa or Aotearoa New Zealand were only 40% favourable.
“Use Aotearoa The name really reflects our history and acknowledges our past, But how can we move forward together?”, Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Union President Ralph Zambrano told the WSJ.
It is worth recalling that six years ago New Zealand rejected a flag change by referendum.
Turkey changes its name to “Türkiye” at the UN
At the request of its president, Turkey announced to the United Nations that it would henceforth be known as “Türkiye” in all languages, on June 2 at the UN.
“Change is instant”, Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, told AFP.
He noted that it was an official letter from Ankara Turkey’s name change was immediately formalized at UN headquarters.
Ankara’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu posted a letter to the UN Secretary General on his Twitter account. Requests to “register (your) country’s name at the UN, in foreign languages, as +Türkiye+”.
Ankara omits the country name “Turkey” in English.A word that also means “turkey” in that language and can therefore take on a negative connotation.
The Turkish diplomatic chief mentioned President Erdogan’s wish in his tweet. From the end of 2021, to “increase the brand value” of their country.
Indeed, in economic matters, Ankara prefers Establish the brand internationally “Made in Turkey”, “Made in Turkey”.
“Some may think this name change is foolish, But it also places Erdogan in the role of guardian and protector of international respect for the country”, Mustafa Aksakal, a professor of history at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., was quoted in the paper this Thursday. The New York Times.
In June 2023, the newspaper recalled. As Erdogan completes 20 years in power, Turkey will hold presidential elections and celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Ottoman Empire after its overthrow.
*With information from AFP.
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