Te reo Māori names adopted for Whau parks

Last Updated : 23 Mar 2023
Crum Park
Tahurangi/Crum Park in Titirangi was the first local park to carry a dual name and to have signs in both te reo Māori and English.

Twenty six additional parks in Whau will now carry dual Māori / English names. The names were formally adopted at Whau Local Board’s recent business meeting.

In August 2018, the Whau Local Board invited mana whenua to name 99 parks in the local board area by endorsing Te Kete Rukuruku, Auckland Council’s cultural identity programme to collect and share the stories unique to Māori in Auckland. The programme is led by iwi, in partnership with the council and its local boards. To date, 49 parks have dual Māori / English names in the Whau Local Board area. Over time, more places will give visibility to Māori culture and heritage.

Progressing and building on its efforts to recognise the area’s Māori heritage, Whau Local Board chairperson Kay Thomas says, "As a board, it is great to be making strides in this area of work, to have te Reo seen and heard in public places with the guidance of mana whenua. It helps us all to reconnect with the land we call home in a much more meaningful way.”

In some cases, these names existed prior to the current names, or they may reflect an environmental theme or historical activity in the area prior to European settlement.

Local parks in Whau are considered to have set an example in elevating cultural heritage such as Sister Rene Shadbolt Park which will soon carry new bilingual signage and an interpretive text telling the story behind the new Māori name, Tiakina. Tiakina means to look after, care, protect and conserve.  Remembering the mahi (work) of Sister Rene Shadbolt as well as the Māori nurses that went to war. Tiakina can also relate to caring for the whenua and natural resources.

Te reo Māori names for parks and two libraries in Whau

Māori Name

English Name



Titirangi Road Reserve

1 Titirangi Road, New Lynn


Chettle Reserve

Skilgate Avenue, New Lynn


Davern Reserve

13 Davern Lane, New Lynn


Delta Triangle

Corner Great North Road

and Delta Avenue


Drury Street Esplanade

Drury Street, New Lynn

Te Pae-o-Kauri

Golf Road Domain

272 Titirangi Road, Titirangi


Green Bay Community Corner

52-54 Godley Road

Whenua Karaka

Green Bay Domain

40a Godley Road

Te Papa Kura

Kelman Square

40 Kelman Road, Kelston


Lynwood Esplanade Reserve

150 Lynwood Rosd, New Lynn


Manawa Wetland

6 Margan Avenue, New Lynn


Margan Green (English name to be replaced)

Margan Avenue, New Lynn


Mason Park

13 Fruitvale Road


Memorial Corner

2 Memorial Drive

Te Papa Rewarewa

Memorial Square

3 Memorial Drive


Northall Park

107 Titirangi Road


Reid Esplanade

Reid Road


Saunders Reserve

26 Saunders Place


Sister Rene Shadbolt Park

130 Portage Road


Taunton Terrace

Taunton Terrace (esplanade strip)


Taunton Terrace Road Reserve

End of Taunton Terrace

Tau Pūtahi

Todd Triangle

1-3 Todd Plaza, New Lynn


Totara Triangle

45 Totara Ave


Trojan Cres Reserve

Trojan Crescent


Wolverton Esplanade

75A Wolverton St

Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Rewarewa

New Lynn Library


Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Whau

Blockhouse Bay Library


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