Horokiri loses out to well-known Horokiwi
The little Wellington rural area of Horokiwi is the cause of some friction between neighbouring cities.
Not a territorial battle, but one over names.
Porirua City Council has put forward 22 proposals for naming suburbs and localities around their region.
However, Wellington City Council is concerned that Horokiri, the name proposed for the Paekakariki Hill area, is too similar to Horokiwi.
PCC information and democratic services manager Mike Chapman said Horokiri was selected based on its historic usage.
‘‘Horokiri was the name of the Hutt County Riding until Hutt County ceased to be in the 1989 local government reforms.
‘‘ The name still exists as Horokiri Stream which runs beside the Paekakariki Hill Rd into the Pauatahanui arm of the Porirua Harbour.’’
The historic sources cited in the proposal sent by Porirua City Council to the New Zealand Geographic Board list both Horokiri and Horokiwi as previous names for the area.
This is because in the past there was often confusion over which name was correct.
Porirua tangata whenua Ngati Toa Rangatira consulted with Porirua City Council and advised them that Horokiri was the correct historical name.
Wellington City Council enterprise data management team leader Michael Brownie said the proposed name could be confused with the Wellington suburb of Horokiwi.
‘‘ When adjoining local authorities have suburb names that are the same or very similar, this has potential to be very confusing and could lead to major problems for emergency services,’’ he said.
‘‘If Horokiri is approved as the official name for the Paekakariki Hill area, then there is a risk that emergency services will be sent to the wrong locality.’’
Mr Brownie said that it was not the best name for the area.
‘‘We recognise that the name Horokiri does have some historic associations with the Paekakariki Hill area and that there is a Horokiri Stream in the area, but the public are more likely to know the area as Paekakariki Hill and not as Horokiri,’’ he said.
The proposed name is open to public submissions.
These can be made through the Land Information New Zealand website.
Submissions close on November 30.