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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JANUARY 12, 2012
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OLD TIME: Schoolteacher William Holmes painted this early scene of what is now Lambton Quay, but was first
known as Beach St.
Photo: ALEXANDER TURNBULL LIBRARY
Each council has its own policies,
but must adhere to the Australian
and New Zealand standard for
address and street names.
Wellington City Council
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team leader Michael Brownie said
the standard had just been
updated and one of the main
changes was that local iwi must
be consulted when considering
In the past five years, the coun-
cil has approved 20 street names,
of which 14 were public roads.
The others were private rights
of way and pedestrian walkways,
or came about because of new road
Part of Vivian St became an
addition to Buller St, after Vivian
St was split by Karo Drive.
In 2006, Te Aro School pupils
won a council-run competition to
find a name for the stretch of the
inner-city bypass between Cuba
and Willis streets.
The pupils said the K'' repres-
ented kids and Aro'' their school.
More recently, names have been
given to streets in a new
Woodridge subdivision: Red Beach
Ave, Tea Tree Lane and Lacebark
Lane, which were approved in
They follow the tree names
theme that has been used in
Woodridge,'' Mr Brownie said.
St Vincent Pl, St Lucia Pl and
St Kitts Pl were named in 2009
and follow the Caribbean theme
for Grenada Village.''
He said several Wellington
suburbs were considered to have a
Many Brooklyn roads are
named after American political
figure, usually presidents, and
include Washington Ave,
Jefferson St, Garfield St and Lin-
Khandallah has an Indian
theme, thanks to settler Captain
James Andrew, who had served in
the Indian Army.
The suburb was named for
Khandallah, Rajasthan, and has
streets named after other areas in
India, including Burma Rd, Simla
Cres and Delhi Cres.
Karori and Ngaio streets are
named after early residents,
Island Bay after European rivers
(Severn St), and Hataitai after
native trees (Hinau St and Rata,
Matai and Rewa roads).
Mr Brownie said when consider-
ing a name, the council discour-
aged those that were similar to
The council has recently been
asked to consider changing the
name of Herald Tce, after a resi-
dent said it was frequently con-
fused with Herald St. Both are in
We recommended he spoke to
neighbours so we would know if
others wanted a change before
staring the formal process for a
Most of the numbers used by
Herald Tce are also used in Her-
ald St, so it is very likely people
looking for Herald Tce addresses
would look at Herald St and not
realise there is another street
with a similar name,'' Mr Brown
The council considered emerg-
ency services when naming or
renaming a road.
A name would not be likely to
be selected if it would be too hard
for emergency service call centres
For example, in 1990, when
Hania St was named, the follow-
ing spellings were considered:
Xavia, Khania, Chanea and
Hania. After consultation with the
Cretans Association of New Zea-
land, the spelling Hania was
selected,'' Mr Brownie said.
The Greek community has
enduring links with Mt Victoria,
where Hania St is found. Hence
its involvement in naming Hania
St.The time taken to name a street
or road varied, Mr Brownie said.
If the name is for a private
right-of-way and all the affected
residents agree with a proposal,
then a name can be approved in
less than a month from the initial
It can take longer if those affec-
ted do not agree.
The name has to be approved
by the council and the council
must make sure that a name is
not going to be offensive or confus-
ing,'' he said. It can take longer if
those affected do not agree.''
Popular street names
New Zealand's 10 most
common road names:
Beach Road, 76
George St, 76
Station Rd, 72
Queen St, 69
High St, 68
King St, 68
River Rd, 63
Rata St, 58
Main Rd, 56
School Rd, 55
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