An easy way for a correct place name to be lost is for the frequent use of an incorrect one. Three examples of this are ‘‘The Forum’’ in Blenheim, the ‘‘Old Picture Theatre’’ in Havelock and ‘‘The Domain’’ in Havelock.
When a new restaurant was built upstairs in the rebuild of the area in the centre of Blenheim it was called The Forum where people where encouraged to gather and eat and talk. The centre of Blenheim where the band rotunda is located is correctly called ‘‘Market Place’’ not The Forum.
A recent article in a local paper referred to a building in Havelock being used by the theatre company as being the old disused picture theatre. The pictures used to be shown there by the late George Cawte. This building was built as and still is in fact the Havelock Town Hall as the sign on the front of the building says. So it is ‘‘The Havelock own Hall’’.
The third example is the use of the word ‘domain’. This area adjacent to lower Neil St in Havelock when I was young was home to the RSA building and the motor camp, which only went as far as the creek then. The mudflats were reclaimed by agreement between Havelock Town Board and the then Marlborough County Council. The engineer wanted disposal of surplus soil from slips and road widening on the Mahakipawa Hill. A price was agreed that for three pence a cubit yard delivered to site. This spoil was used to reclaim the mudflat