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Whykickamoocow: Curious New Zealand Place Names

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Have you ever wondered how the town you live in got its name? Why Bulls and not 'Sheep' or 'Dogs'? Is Raglan named after a style of sleeve? Why name a river after dog dung?

Most New Zealanders have no idea where the name of the town they live in came from. Whykickamoocow tells the tales behind some of the most intriguing place names in New Zealand. Ranging from the curious
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 6th 2006 by Random House New Zealand (first published 2006)
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Annette McIntyre
A sample of some of the names give to towns in New Zealand.
Kathleen Dixon
I took a long time to read this book - for one thing it isn't a novel so it's not a turn-the-page-to-get-to-the-next-one-in-eagerness type of read; for another, it's a little dull. It tries its best to be amusing as well as interesting, but it doesn't quite make it. I'm trying to figure out just what it is, but am not sure I can put my finger on it. Perhaps it's the school-teacherly writing style ... I think I would have liked more illustrations as well, and maps placing the cities/towns.
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Nicola McCloy is a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Auckland.
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