Parks receive Māori names and bilingual signage

Publish Date : 23 Sep 2022
Mt Roskill War Memorial Park
Mt Roskill War Memorial Park

Hillsborough Reserve in Puketāpapa will be known by its ancestral name Puke-karoro along with its English name in the future.

Puketāpapa Local Board formally received and adopted Māori names for 12 local parks at their recent business meeting under the Te Kete Rukuruku regional parks naming programme.  You can read all the names below and see the meeting notes here.

Māori Name English Name
Onepoto Granny’s Bay Reserve
Pae-mohani Halsey Esplanade Reserve
Pae-mohani Manukau Domain
Pourewa Captains Bush
Pourewa Hibiscus Reserve
Pourewa Hillsdale Reserve
Pourewa Kingswood Reserve
Pourewa ki uta Wesley Reserve
Puke-karoro Hillsborough Reserve
Taunahi Sylvania Crescent Esplanade Reserve
Taunahi Wattle Bay
Te Ākinga Bamfield Reserve
Te Pae Aumaro Nirvana Reserve
Te Tapere White Bluff Reserve
Wairaki Lynfield Reserve
Wairaki ki tai Wairaki Stream Reserve (1)
Wairaki ki uta Wairaki Stream Reserve (2)


Te Kete Rukuruku facilitates the collection and sharing of stories unique to the iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau. The programme supports the council’s commitment to te reo Māori being seen heard spoken and learnt throughout the rohe.   

The much-loved Lynfield Reserve will get bilingual signage. This will showcase and celebrate the stories of the local area’s Māori history.

Bilingual narratives and names help people learn not only the language but the meaning behind them.

Similarly, new road names in Te Reo were approved unanimously by the local board.

People, parks and the environment remained a focus at the last business meeting of the current term with a packed agenda.  

Concept plans for Keith Hay Park and the Mt Roskill War Memorial Park were adopted. This ensures ongoing development and maintenance of these well-used public spaces in the coming days.

$59,192.02 was approved towards various community organisations through the Puketāpapa Local Grants progamme.

Bike enthusiasts can now look forward to extended hours and support at the popular local Community Bike Hubs - Te Poka Pū Paihikara i tēnei Hapori.

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