Street name changes

to Māori 'most wonderful decision'

The decision to rename Von Tempsky Street to Putikitiki Street and nearby Dawson Park to Te Wehenga Park is supported by the Kiingitanga and Waikato-Tainui.

It comes after debate for the city to revisit street names honouring colonial figures such as Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky, Sir George Grey and John Bryce.

"These name changes reflect an earlier part of our history, and it is important that their narrative and kōrero is known," Kiingitanga official Ngira Simmonds said.

Despite the decision, Simmonds said the removal of other names did not mean the wrongs committed to iwi Māori in the Waikato could be forgotten.

"Puutikitiki and Te Wehenga are names of significance that better represent and celebrate our heritage, whakapapa and also give a glimpse of hope for the future. We congratulate the mayor and council on this most wonderful decision."

Link to article: Street name changes to Māori 'most wonderful decision' | RNZ News


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