Horokiri loses out to well-known Horokiwi

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AMY JACK­MAN

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.

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