Birds get top billing for new street names


Porirua has the race­horses of As­cot Park, the Scot­tish rivers of Papokowhai, and could soon have the Ma¯ori names of na­tive flora and fauna in Kenepuru.

The coun­cil’s city de­liv­ery com­mit­tee rec­om­mended the theme for the city’s new­est streets on Thurs­day.

Nga¯ti Toa leader Matiu Rei said the iwi came up with the idea, which should take flight, around Kenepuru Land­ing, a large hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at the for­mer Porirua Hospi­tal grounds. The iwi re­ceived the land as part of a Crown Treaty set­tle­ment.

The iwi and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany Car­rus are plan­ning to build about 700 medi­um­den­sity and stand­alone homes across about 50 hectares. It will also be­come home to a Sum­mer­set re­tire­ment vil­lage which ex­pects to lodge a land use re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion in mid-2018.

Porirua Mayor Mike Tana liked the idea of aWhio Place or a Tı¯eke Street.

‘‘Ma¯ori names for our new streets are most ap­pro­pri­ate and will be en­dur­ing. It high­lights how im­por­tant our relationship with Nga¯ti Toa Ran­gi­tira is, and the con­nec­tion this city has with Te Reo and Aotearoa’s Ma¯ori her­itage.’’

The ini­tial sug­ges­tion was for Ma¯ori names for just na­tive birds but, with only about 11 not al­ready locked down else­where around the re­gion, the coun­cil had to free up op­tions.

Com­mit­tee chair­woman Anita Baker said the city needed to em­brace more Ma¯ori themes as many of the older sub­urbs al­ready fea­tured Euro­pean ones.

‘‘A street-nam­ing theme can re­ally add to the vil­lage ex­pe­ri­ence and we hope that will be created in Kenepuru Land­ing,’’ she said.

Traf­fic along Kenepuru Drive, which pro­vides ac­cess to the de­vel­op­ment, is ex­pected to ease once Trans­mis­sion Gully is com­pleted in 2020.

While south­bound driv­ers on Trans­mis­sion Gully could use a ramp to get to Kenepuru Drive, those want­ing to travel from Welling­ton to Kenepuru could use the ex­ist­ing State High­way 1, or an in­ter­change near Whitby.

On Neigh­bourly com­ments were var­ied about the rec­om­men­da­tion for Ma¯ori names.

Whitby res­i­dent Steve Rol­ston said he liked his sub­urb’s nau­ti­cal and Cap­tain Cook theme. ‘‘I live in Whitby and hav­ing an in­ter­est in boat­ing and fish­ing, I en­joy see­ing the nau­ti­cal theme run­ning through our streets.’’

Plim­mer­ton res­i­dent Robin Pat­ter­son said most of Camborne had Cor­nish street names af­ter Arthur Cor­nish’s com­pany bought the land.

‘‘Pope and Lag­den Streets had al­ready been partly built, named af­ter well-known Plim­mer­ton peo­ple. As­cot Park was not race­horses from the UK - it was New Zealand race­horses who had won spe­cific races,’’ Pat­ter­son said.

‘‘Us­ing tan­gata whenua names of na­tive plants and an­i­mals for Kenepuru would be fine - but avoid trees be­cause they were al­lot­ted to the Taka­puwahia Drive ex­ten­sion.’’


Glossy black with a chest­nut sad­dle tı¯eke, also known as sad­dle­backs, could be­come one of Porirua’s new­est street names.

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