Spell­ing slip-up sprung

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

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