Astronaut Alex Gerst captured from ISS New Zealand. Aotearoa is the Māori name for New Zealand. Its use is becoming widespread in the bilingual names of national organizations and institutions. The term was originally used by Māori in reference to only the North Island. Since the 1990s, it has been customary to sing New Zealand’s national anthem, “God Defend New Zealand”, in both Māori and English, exposing the name to a wider audience.
Just in case you're wondering why Māori, as native New Zealanders, call their islands "Aotearoa" – The Land of the Long White Cloud… #Horizons
Aus diesem Grund nennen Māori, als einheimische Neuseelaender, ihre Inseln "Aotearoa" – Das Land der Langen Weissen Wolke… pic.twitter.com/SfnpluDpxr
— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) 2018年8月5日