NZTC International Word of the Week (in Russian):

Date
Nov
21
20141121

This week's word of the week (in Russian): Тауматафакатангихангакоауауотаматеа-турипукакапикимаунгахоронукупокаифенуакитанатаху

In fact this is the Russian spelling of a 305-metre hill near the town of Pōrangahau in the North Island of New Zealand. This version is one of the longer variants, and appears on signposts in the vicinity of the hill as:

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauautamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenua-kitanatahu.

In Māori it can also be written: Taumata-whakatangihanga-kōauau-o-Tamatea-turi-pūkaka-piki-maunga-horonuku-pōkai-whenua-ki-tāna-tahu.

A shorter and less cartographically-challenging version, Taumata-whakatangihanga-kōauau-o-Tamatea-pōkai-whenua-ki-tāna-tahu, is often recited by school-children in New Zealand as a language exercise. Legend has it that Czech tennis player Martina Navratilova learnt the name at the age of 10 one rainy day in the former Czechoslovakia.