Appendix B - Examples of previous Board & Minister's decisions

Board's analysis of objection and support

This is one section of the the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa proposal to alter ‘Wanganui’ to ‘Whanganui’: Summary of Submissions and the Board’s Decision. See the full list of sections. A pdf version of this report (pdf 191KB) is also available.

12 October 2009 Report to the Minister for Land Information on the ‘Wanganui’ to ‘Whanganui’ name change proposal (PDF 192 KB)

St Arnaud to Lake Rotoiti
locality in the Nelson Lakes area
The community was split, with a significant number of the community opposing the change, and with a neutral stance from the Territorial Authority, the Board was not convinced to change the name.
Gowanbridge to Gowenbridge
locality in the Nelson Lakes area
Most of the community (45 objections) opposed the change. The Board agreed not to proceed.
Orotu vs Parklands
suburb in Napier
Six objecting submissions received, one of which included a petition with 550 names. Withdrawn upon request of the Mayor of Napier to the Minister for Land Information.
Flat Bush vs Ormiston
locality/town, Manukau city
Four submissions objecting received to Flat Bush, one of which included 30 signatories. The Minister agreed to Flat Bush, which was an original name of long standing.
locality north of Christchurch
New name. Three objections to Pegasus Bay, so the Board/Minister agreed to just Pegasus.
Tophouse Settlement
locality in the Nelson Lakes area
One objection. Board/Minister agreed to Tophouse Settlement.
locality north of Christchurch
One objection. Board/Minister agreed to Eyrewell.
Mount Taranaki or Mount EgmontMany objections. Board recommended just Taranaki. Minister agreed to alternative names.
Matui/Somes Island
Wellington Harbour (Port Nicholson)
Many objections from the German and Italian community whose ancestors were interned there during WWII. Board/Minister agreed to a dual name.
Murdering Beach to Whareakeake
Otago Peninsula
In the late 1980s, local Ngāi Tahu iwi sought to change this name to Whareakeake – its original Māori name. There was considerable objection. The Board supported the change, but the then Minister did not, and so Murdering Beach remained. However, the settlement of Ngāi Tahu's Treaty claim in 1998 lead to this name being changed through statute and it being the only one of 89 Treaty settlement names that was not dual-named.