November 16, 2004

Empires On The Make

Naming is the most overtly political act of colonisation.

In Wellington, the collision of names like Seatoun, Newtown, Strathmore, Victoria, Roseneath, Brooklyn, Kelburn, Kilbirnie, Falkirk (the sun, again) with a landscape of names like ghosts: Maupuia, Hataitai, Karori, Matiu, Kaiwharawhara, Muritai... In the Bay Area, the recent eruption of names like Embarcadero Cove or Emeryville Commons. In Sydney, it's the flowering of convenience stores, lifestyles, cookies....


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