Spelling slip-up sprung
TO ‘e’ or not to ‘e’?
That was obviously the question contractors asked themselves four years ago when they installed Auckland CBD’s Waverley St sign.
The Auckland City Harbour News noticed the sign on the oneway street carried a spelling mistake at its Queen St end on Tuesday and alerted Auckland Transport.
Auckland Transport was unaware of the mistake and contractors moved quickly to replace the offending sign on Wednesday.
The correct spelling of the street is ‘‘Waverley’’.
Waverley St’s Tournament car park also carries the incorrect spelling on its sign despite spelling it correctly elsewhere and flanking the correct street sign.
The street name blades are contracted by Auckland Transport to a private company.
An Auckland Transport spokesman says it was just a case of human error and nobody noticed the mistake.
Errors like this are extremely rare, he says.
‘‘We checked with someone who has been doing this for 15 years and he says this is just the third time he recalls it happening.’’
Signs are always replaced when a spelling mistake is noticed.
‘‘The contractors are very apologetic and want to fix this error as soon as possible,’’ he says.
It’s not the first time the street has had to erect a new road sign.
In the late 1800s the street abandoned its previous name, Rokeby St, in favour of its current title which refers to the novel by Sir Walter Scott.
K’ Rd historian Edward Bennett says the name change was likely to be because the street was looking to shake its bad reputation.
The street was considered to be
Waverley an unsavoury location due to high number of brothels.
‘‘Waverley would have sounded more glamorous in much the same way as Dedwood became Ponsonby – people thought it would make properties more appealing.’’
Double take: The street’s Tournament car park sign also carries the incorrect spelling despite the sign sitting below the correct street sign.
Spell check: The sign is spelt incorrectly as the street joins to Queen St. The correct spelling is ‘‘Waverley’’. Auckland Transport contractors are ‘‘very apologetic’’ about the misspelling.
One way: This is the correct spelling of the street name.