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Signing up to history
Signs of the times: Extra information on a
Petone street signs gives an insight into the
area's history. And a fantail adds a bit of
colour to Upper Hutt's street signs.
Photos: JIM CHIPP AND AMY JACKMAN
From next week, The Wellingtonian
is running a series called
Streetwise History about how
streets got their names.
Each week we will be taking a
closer look at the history behind
individual street names.
If you would like to know about
your street, leave a message on
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By REBECCA THOMSON
Wellingtonians are being asked to sign
up for a small change to street signs.
Western ward councillor Andy Fos-
ter would like taglines such as Early
Settler'' added to street signs to denote
the origins of their names.
Hutt City Council adds taglines
such as First Ship'' or Early Settler''
to its Petone street signs.
Mr Foster said it was interesting to
see where Wellington street names
It's an idea I've had for a while,'' he
said. Now we've got a good book about
street signs of Karori by Kitty Wood.
We've got a lot of street names that
relate to World War I and to early
Mr Foster said another option would
be to add an emblem, such as a bird or
flower, to street signs, similar to the
fantails on Upper Hutt street signs.
Our suburbs are all quite distinct
and we should celebrate that.''
Mr Foster said the cost of doing
something similar in Wellington would
be small, because it could be done when
signs are replaced.
We only replace a small number [of
signs] each year because they're old,
smashed up or whatever.
All you're doing is [making] a
slightly bigger street sign.''
It would be good for communities to
become involved in deciding what
emblem they would like for the street
signs in their area, he said.
Is there a particular emblem that
they think represents Karori, Miramar,
Newtown or wherever?'' he said.
There are a swag of things to chose
from. For example, in Brooklyn they
could have a wind turbine.''
He said choosing an emblem was
something local schools could become
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