The book contains a list of words that commonly form part of Māori place names – among them manga, which means ‘stream, creek’.
Manga is found in names all over the country. One combination is Mangaweka, a place just south of Taihape. The weka is the New Zealand wood-hen – so Mangaweka means ‘Creek of the wood hens’.
This and other illustrations by celebrated artist James Berry featured in the early editions of the book, and have been brought back for the 2016 edition.