And you thought you lived in a bad street

August 17, 2006 — Leave a comment

From the SMH:

Maori living in a number of New Zealand towns have – not to put too fine a point on it – been living in Shit Street for years.

Their road name signs actually read Kaka Street and, having been erected by predominantly English-speaking local councils, are supposed to be the name of a native parrot.

But Maoris say kaka in their language means excrement, while the parrot that councils are trying to honour is either spelled “Kaakaa” or should have two macrons to indicate the vowels are long.