Wes­ley go to bat­tle over nam­ing rights

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

A cen­tral Auck­land com­mu­nity will not back down in the fight for its his­toric name.

In April, com­pa­nies be­hind a ‘‘new town’’ de­vel­op­ment in south Auck­land sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the New Zealand Geo­graphic Board (NZGB) to gain exclusive rights to the name Wes­ley.

The NZGB is New Zealand’s na­tional place nam­ing author­ity re­spon­si­ble for of­fi­cial names in New Zealand.

If suc­cess­ful it would strip the small com­mu­nity of Wes­ley in Mt Roskill of its name.

A meet­ing held on Tues­day night at Mt Roskill’s Wes­ley In­ter­me­di­ate School hall saw around 50 peo­ple gather to dis­cuss the pro­posal by com­pany Grafton Downs and the south Auck­land­si­t­u­ated Wes­ley Col­lege Trust Board.

Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal place Board deputy chair Julie Fairey said it was en­cour­ag­ing to see so many peo­ple will­ing to fight for the name.

The NZGB is set to make a de­ci­sion about the pro­posal at their next meet­ing on May 18.

Fairey said if the de­ci­sion was to go ahead then the public would be no­ti­fied and a for­mal sub­mis­sion process would be­gin.

The Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board would then run work­shops to help peo­ple write sub­mis­sions, Fairey said.

‘‘In three or four months they will make a fi­nal de­ci­sion about whether to dis­con­tinue it in our area and at­tach it to the other area.’’

Fairey said the NZGB will make a de­ci­sion based on whether or not the name has ‘‘cur­rency’’.

‘‘I would have thought there’s a strong case for the name Wes­ley hav­ing a lot of cur­rency in the area that it cur­rently ap­plies to.’’

A pe­ti­tion in de­fence of the name can now be signed at change.org.

Wes­ley from Mt Roskill cone.

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