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Sign campaigner: Get names right

Feb 13th, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News

SOME of Wellington’s streets and suburbs might be dishonouring their namesakes with something as simple as a missing letter.

Curtis Nixon wants Houghton Bay to be changed to Haughton Bay. He is at the Island Bay rotunda.

Curtis Nixon wants Houghton Bay to be changed to Haughton Bay. He is at the Island Bay rotunda.

An ePetition on the Wellington City Council website is calling for all streets and suburbs with incorrect spelling to be changed.

Examples vary: Hataitai was built along the back of Whataitai, one of two taniwha who created Wellington harbour; Waripori St was named after Ngati Awa chief, Te Wharepouri; Ohiro Rd leads to Owhiro Bay.

“They’re just so glaring,” says Curtis Nixon, of Berhampore, who started the petition in December last year.

 “It’s a matter of historical record and I just think it’s slack.”

nixonHe can’t find out why the names are spelt the way they are, but thinks it could be a combination of “laziness and prudishness of the ‘f’ sound because of the ‘f’ word”.

Mr Nixon had been researching place names in Wellington and found out about ePetitions while looking around the council website for ways to get involved with community issues.

Anyone can create an ePetition about any matter the council is responsible for.

People “sign” by filling out an online form and responding to a confirmation email.

ePetitions are presented to council committee or subcommittee meetings upon closing, no matter how many “signatures” it has. 

Council spokesman Richard McLean says in this case, the council will ask one of its experts to comment on the feasibility of the petition’s proposal.

Because of the nationalised emergency service system, there are strict conditions for the naming of streets.hataitaisign

“There’s a high potential for chaos,” says Mr McLean.

“We’ll look at suggestions and assess them according to criteria we have.”

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