September 18, 2009 § Leave a comment
The Geographic Names Board has reccomended a name change for the river city, replacing with – a decision that ultimately will be made by Land information minister Maurice Williamson. Should he make the change law, this willl restore meaning to the Maaori name, ‘Big Bay’. However those opposed apparently are not willing to accept the reccomended changes. Controversial mayor of the city Michael Laws suggests the change is racist and undemocratic. He also argued that the name was not a Maaori word but had a culture and mana of its own according to the Dominion Post, 18 September 2009.