Wesley go to battle over naming rights
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.