Progressing to adopt dual name
Council is progressing to adopt a dual name for the bay to Tūranganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.
A full council meeting approved an application for a name change recommendation to the New Zealand Geographic Board which, if successful, will see the bay known as Tūranganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.
The endorsement goes before the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) for consideration in April before going out for further consultation.
If there is opposition to the name change, it will go before the Minister of Land Information to make a final decision.
The chair and a board member of the NZGB attended the Council meeting when the topic was discussed to answer questions and explain the process.
Council received 1800 submissions on the name change including more than 4000 individual comments.
“The correct and honourable thing to do is acknowledge that Maori came here first and they named the bay Turanganui a Kiwa; subsequently the Endeavour arrived and Captain Cook called it Poverty Bay. This new name is a compromise,” says Mayor Meng Foon
Kaiti School students petitioned Council in 2013 to consider a name change and the topic arose again at a 2014 Future Tairawhiti meeting, when it was agreed to seek more community feedback.
In February last year Council began historical and cultural research, along with community engagement with key stakeholders including iwi with regard to their preferred place name.
Once a name change occurs, all official documents where the name appears need to be updated, including maps and tourism brochures.
Businesses and clubs can continue to use the Poverty Bay so the name change will not cause any compliance costs.
As the place where the two peoples met, the bay is an important piece of New Zealand history. To further understand the significance of the name to local iwi, watch the video on our website
“It is a significant place to New Zealand. We know too that names can influence perception, convey a story and provide mana and collective strength for members of our community.”
Read the report to 1 March Council meeting Application to the NZ Geographic Board to Reclaim the Official Use of Turanganui-a-Kiwa to Poverty Bay