Traditional Māori names return to Puketāpapa parks

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

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

Puketāpapa Local Board formally adopted Māori names for 12 local parks at their recent business meeting. The names have all been adopted as dual names. This means the existing names are retained alongside the Māori name. You can read all the names below and see the meeting notes  here.

Māori Name Existing 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 is a programme that is facilitating this process for council, working with iwi and local boards to collect and share the stories unique to Tāmaki Makaurau. The programme supports the return of te reo Māori into our everyday lives. It raises the visibility of our rich Māori history and the traditional Māori names, that would otherwise likely remain lost to us.   

The much-loved Lynfield Reserve has had the name Wairaki formally restored and will also get bilingual signage. The signage will include the story and meaning of the name showcasing the local area’s Māori history.

Bilingual narratives and names help people learn not only the language but a bit more about the history and culture of the community they are part of.

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

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