UPDATE: TE PUKE HIGH
Peter Metrinko forwarded this email from his New Zealand friend Jane Smith, regarding the item that (because of our strict policy) we were unable to post concerning Te Puke High School:
Haha! I know, to us westerners it's rather unfortunate name. It's actually pronounced teh-pook-eh meaning a 'hill' (similarly that place in Thailand called Phuket - no, stop it Peter, it's pronounced Poo-ket) What can I say?...it's Maori. If you think that's bad there's a place not far from here called Waipu (why indeed?) I think there's also one in Hawaii. Then there's Titirangi (my grown son still sniggers at that one!) If I also tell you that 'wh' is pronounced 'f' in the Maori language then 'Whakapapa' is not a place name you want to say too loudly ;-) I could go on, but to sum up, there is also Waikikamukau, that's pronounced as it's spelt...'Why kick a moo-cow'! It's actually just a generic name for any small rural locality (out in the sticks), and funnier to use than to try and distinguish between one of the oh so many similar sounding names (it gets so confusing).