Wellington lagoon gets a new name

17 December 2015

Wellington’s popular inner city lagoon will today be officially named ‘Whairepo Lagoon’, as proposed by Wellington City Council (WCC) and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST).

The name was confirmed by Land Information Minister Louise Upston at the recommendation of the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB).

“The lagoon has been commonly known as ‘Frank Kitts Lagoon’, ‘Frank Kitts Park Lagoon’, ‘The Lagoon’ and ‘Aotea Lagoon’” says NZGB Secretary Wendy Shaw.

“However no one has ever approached the NZGB to officially name the lagoon – until WCC and PNBST proposed the name ‘Whairepo Lagoon’ earlier this year.”

‘Whairepo’ is the Māori name for the eagle ray that feed and shelter in the lagoon and are considered kaitiaki (guardians).

Public consultation on the name – from 28 May to 28 August 2015 – resulted in 18 submissions.  Of those, 16 were in support and two were objecting.

Visit the LINZ website for information about this name, general place naming and the New Zealand Geographic Board.

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