Hillpark, a suburb beside Manurewa, is now an official place name. The decision was made by the Minister for Land Information Hon. Damien O’Connor.
New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa Chairperson Anselm Haanen says the decision reflects the wishes of the majority of the suburb’s community. However, because several objections were received Minister O’Connor was required to make the final decision.
“Making the suburb name of Hillpark official recognises its long-term use over the last 60 years and celebrates its unique heritage,” says Mr Haanen.
“Hillpark was first informally named for the 1961 subdivision derived from ‘the hill’, a homestead built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1925. It also references the stands of regenerated native forest that were retained as parks”.
The suburb is located northeast of the urban centre of Manurewa, Auckland and is within the jurisdiction of the Manurewa Local Board under Auckland Council, who supported the proposal.
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Background and additional information
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The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa is New Zealand's national place naming authority, with jurisdiction over New Zealand, its offshore islands and continental shelf, and the Ross Dependency of Antarctica. The Board is an independent statutory decision-making body that is supported by Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand.
Place names are important signposts of modern, historical and cultural influences and values of the people who gave them. Knowing the correct names for places and their locations is also important for everyday communications and activities, such as when emergency services need to identify ’where’ quickly, clearly and accurately.
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