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Doug Beyer mentioned on tumblr that the 'Atua' part has been dropped from the name. Quote:

"We’ve moved away from Kiora having a last name in official materials. Unknown to us at the time of Kiora’s debut in Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, the meaning of the word “atua” in Maori (the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand) refers to concepts that some consider sacred in Maori culture. Since “Kiora” already sounds very close to a Maori greeting (“kia ora”), some assumed—reasonably, I think—that the connection to Maori terms was the intent. Given the spiritual significance of the meaning, we felt the name choice was, in retrospect, not appropriate.

I’m sorry about that. We messed up.

So when it came time to create Kiora’s card, we saw an opportunity to change course on her surname, and decided that the best course of action was to drop it altogether.

We often seek inspiration from real-world cultures in the course of dreaming up Magic worlds, and we sometimes look to linguistic phonemes from real-world languages for naming Magic characters. But it’s never our intent to misappropriate or misapply terms or concepts that are foundational to people’s real-world spiritual beliefs. We’re happy whenever Magic can expose players to styles of fantasy that are inspired by mythologies and cultures other than Western fantasy’s traditional roots. But if we learn that any of our worlds, terms, or characters disrespectfully tread on the sincere beliefs of our fellow humans in contemporary, living cultures, we feel it’s important to take steps to correct that as best we can.

That’s why we have chosen not to list a last name for Kiora on her card and in the Born of the Gods Planeswalker’s Guide entry. We also do not intend to refer to Kiora as having a last name in official creative contexts going forward. Her name is Kiora. Thanks!"


So, should this page be renamed and Template:Neowalkers edited? I think yes, but would like input from others. If edited, perhaps a note about why the Atua part has been dropped, with above tumblr post as reference? AlmaV (talk) 15:19, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

i'm OK with that --Hunter61 (talk) 16:56, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
Quite frankly, I'm not though. It still has historical significance, and while they have no intention of continuing on with its usage, like or not, they already established her name in full, culturally insensitive as it may be. For the sake of completion, it should stay on the article, though we can remove "Atua" from the template if need be.Barinellos (talk) 22:58, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
Wizards has control of canon, not us. Her name is Kiora. We can add a note that her name *used* to be "Kiora Atua," but her last name has been officially dropped from canon. - SimicSignet (talk)
Agreed. Factual correctness should be the main point of this wiki. The only counterargument I've seen is that history is lost, but that's simply not true when the namechange is noted in the article. AlmaV (talk) 17:03, 25 January 2014 (UTC)