Dual name proposal confirmed
The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has confirmed the proposal to change the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name – Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay.
More than 600 submissions were made about the proposal between 24 May and 24 August, after the board accepted the dual name proposal from Council.
Board acting chairperson Anselm Haanen says of the 609 submissions were received, a quarter clearly supported the proposal.
A quarter of the submissions preferred just “Poverty Bay” and a quarter preferred just “Tūranganui-a-Kiwa”. The remaining submissions offered ambiguous support or were neutral.
Mr Haanen says the board considered the reasons provided by the submitters, recognising the heritage and significance of both names, which is why a dual name offers the best solution.
Captain James Cook named Poverty Bay when he landed there in 1769 and was unable to re-supply his ship.
Tūranganui-a-Kiwa means “the great or long-standing place of Kiwa”.
“This name has been documented since about 1830 as the name for the bay, but its use has been much longer in oral tradition,” Mr Haanen says.
The board will prepare a report for Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage, who will make the final decision.