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|
|Pourewa ki uta||Wesley Reserve|
|Taunahi||Sylvania Crescent Esplanade Reserve|
|Te Ākinga||Bamfield Reserve|
|Te Pae Aumaro||Nirvana Reserve|
|Te Tapere||White Bluff 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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