Consultation has now closed

Consultation on Draft Naming Policy has now closed. People were able to provide feedback from 17 August to 27 August 2023.

During this time, we heard from 34 individuals and groups. You can read their feedback and the staff recommendation as part of the agenda for the Hearings Panel meeting.

Council decided to adopt the Naming Policy 2023 in its final form coming into force on 1 December 2023. You can read the meeting minutes and watch the meeting recording which include the formal resolutions.

We're committed to providing a consistent approach to naming of roads, parks and facilities and recognise mana whenua, local identity, environment, and cultural heritage.

This policy replaces two policies made in 1993; Roads-and-rights-of-way-naming policy and Reserves and facilities naming policy.

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Provide a consistent approach to the naming of roads, parks and facilities.
  • Recognise our local identity, unique environment, and social and cultural heritage.
  • Support and acknowledge mana whenua and reflect obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Contribute to cultural vibrancy and promote a sense of connection with our diverse communities.
  • Ensure that names are enduring and have a meaningful connection to the locality.
  • Have regard to the views of interested parties and communities in choosing names.
  • Provide names that are not easily confused with other similar names and assist with wayfinding

We want to hear from all people interested in, involved in, or affected by the naming of roads, parks or facilities including applicants and general members of the public. This will help Council staff who assess naming applications, and decision-makers with the delegated authority to approve names, to ensure that they’re aligned with the communities’ values.

Quick Poll

What is important to you when it comes to naming an entity?

This poll has concluded.

  • Acknowledge mana whenua
    15% (22 votes)
  • Cultural heritage
    6% (8 votes)
  • Local identity
    33% (47 votes)
  • Have a meaningful connection to locality
    46% (65 votes)
Total Votes: 142