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« Reply #45 on: February 26, 2010, 02:32:37 pm »
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No change to racist names

NZPA | 2:32PM - Tuesday, 23 February 2010

While Americans and Australians try to banish racist place names from the atlas it seems New Zealanders are quite happy to cross **** Stream to get to a hill bearing the same name in the Arthur's Pass area.

A spokesman for Land Information New Zealand said yesterday he was not aware of complaints about the names **** Hill and **** Stream, or proposals to change them.

This week, a peak in Southern California known as Negrohead — it had been changed from the more offensive word in the 1960s — was renamed Ballard Mountain after a former slave, and in Australia plans are afoot to rename Mount Niggerhead something less offensive.

However, it it appears the "n" word will be in the New Zealand vocabulary for some time yet.

Swamps are alive with niggerheads (Carex secta), a tussock-forming sedge, so called because it resembles the feathered headwear of African tribes people, or to describe the plant's blackened appearance after the fires that swept through swamplands during early European settlement.

Similarly, in the United States and the United Kingdom there are cactus, termites and even cabbages bearing the same name as the swamp plant.[/size]



I told you all **** isn't a racist word in Aus and NZ.....changing in Oz though for some mad reason..
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