Wellington, New Zealand was named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. He hails from the town of Wellington in Somerset, England. He has the distinction of bringing Napoleon Bonaparte to his knees when he defeated the latter in the Battle of Waterloo. In Maori, Wellington, New Zealand is known by three names. It is referred to as Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara which means the Great Harbor of Tara. It is also known as Ponekeis which refers to Port Nick or Port Nicholson. Wellington’s third Maori name is derived from a legend that tells of the fishing up of the island by the Maori demi-god Maui. A traditional name for Wellington, Te Upoko-o-te-Ika-a-Maui literally means The Head of the Fish of Maui.
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