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Tūranganui-ā-Kiwa / Poverty Bay name change

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Tūranganui-ā-Kiwa / Poverty Bay name change

On 27 Sept 2018 - The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa met and decided to go with the proposal of a dual name for Poverty Bay - Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay. 


Public submissions were sought between May - August 2018 on altering Poverty Bay, where Captain Cook first arrived in New Zealand, to a dual name Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay.  Visit LINZ website(external link)

The NZGB considered more than 600 submissions on the proposal at their meeting on 27 September 2018. A report was sent to Minister Hon Eugenie Sage, to make the final resolution. 

The proposal to alter Poverty Bay to a dual name was put forward by Gisborne District Council and would place the traditional Māori name alongside the existing English name on all official maps, charts and other official documents. 

Tūranganui-a-Kiwa is typically referred to as ‘the great standing place of Kiwa’. Poverty Bay was given by Captain Cook when he landed there in 1769 and was unable to re-supply his ship.

See the timeline of decisions on the dual name proposal.

What this means

It means our place names can be officially recognised and better used - on maps, as a landmark and to celebrate who we are. Geographic names help us find where we are and where we want to be, whether on land or sea, and are important for emergency services and maritime safety. Geographic names are also important landmarks of the history, culture and identity of our nation and the communities within it.

Timeline of decisions on dual name proposal

25 July 2013 – Council Meeting - public petition
Puhi Kaiti School staff and children delivered a petition to Council with nearly 2000 signatures calling for Poverty Bay to be called Turanganui a Kiwa.

5 September 2013 – Council for noting
Report outlines the process for a place name change. 
13 334 Report  |  Council Meeting Minutes received

20 March 2014 - Future Tairāwhiti
Council was asked if the Mayor through the Annual Plan consultation would seek community interest/appetite in a dual name Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.  
14 078 Report  |  Future Tairawhiti Minutes
Moved by His Worship the Mayor, seconded by Cr Wilson: Recommends that Council instructs staff to complete appropriate research.

23 February 2017 – Council for Decision 
Council agreed to research, consult and apply to the NZ Geographic Board to change the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name of Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay. 
17 101 Report  |  Minutes of Council Meeting

• Dual name change consisting of Poverty Bay plus original name.
• Protocol specifying Maori name first.  
• Retaining Poverty Bay as it’s part of local heritage, reinstatement of iwi’s original name. 
• Seeking support from Maori leaders.  

Public consultation 30 January – 9 February 2018  
Received 1800 responses 77% of the respondents supported a change, either to a dual name or to only Turanganui a Kiwa. 

1 March 2018 – Council Meeting for decision
Council to endorse an application to the NZ Geographic Board to alter an existing recorded name – from Poverty Bay to a dual name 'Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay. 
18 076 Report  |  Minutes of Council Meeting

The Board representatives informed Council that place naming is a nationally significant exercise.

The Government has a consistent approach to place naming; recognising the strong connection between people, place and language.

During the process of considering a name change, the Board must consult with the community. If names are contentious or there are opposing submissions, the final determination on the application is made by the Minister for Conservation and Land Information.

The consultation process involves publishing notices in local and national newspapers, in the New Zealand Gazette and on the Land Information website.

The decision is not based on the number of supporters of change but on the reasons behind the submission; the origin of name, its enduring nature, whether it sits well with the community, encouraging the use of the original Maori names, identifying if the name corresponds to a geographical feature.

Moved by His Worship the Mayor, seconded by Cr Burdett that the committee endorses the application to the New Zealand Geographic Board to alter an existing recorded name - from Poverty Bay to a dual name Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay

12 April 2018 - The NZ Geographic Board decided to consult on giving Poverty Bay an official Māori/English name. The Board will publicly consult on the proposal for 3 months starting late May.
Land Information NZ's media release(external link) 

24 May 2018 - NZGB opens submissions until 24 August 2018 on altering Poverty Bay to a dual name Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay. Land Information NZ's media release(external link) 

24 August 2018 - around 6000 submissions made to the board.

27 September 2018The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa met to consider all the submissions and decide.

1 October 2018 - The board confirms the proposal for the dual name. A report will be sent to Minister Hon Eugenie Sage, in late October to make the final resolution. It will then be gazetted in the following weeks.    

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