Not happy with GDC vote for dual-name application

Re: Council votes for dual name, March 2 story.
Given the results of “public consultation” previously published — “. . . out of 1856 respondents, 49.46 percent opposed a dual name, 47.52 supported it and 3.02 percent were not sure” — I would have thought by the law of averages, councillor votes should have been close to these percentages rather than 13 to 1?
Obviously public opinion meant zilch.

PETER MILLIAR

I am disgusted that our Mayor and councillors have voted 13 to 1 on having a dual name, and will now submit this so-called dual name Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay to the New Zealand Geographic Board for it to be changed.
What right have you lot to do this? Especially with this having such importance for our region.
I don’t care what anybody says, this should be going to a referendum at our next local body elections. It just doesn’t sit right with me whatsoever. It stinks.
Mr Foon said the council was doing the right and honourable thing in acknowledging the history of the district, and more particularly the ocean — Turanganui a Kiwa, subsequently Poverty Bay.
Yeah right. That’s not my belief. If you were honourable Mr Foon you would be putting this to a referendum, so get off your high horse and do what’s right.
As I said in a previous letter, if this dual name goes forward say goodbye to my votes on this council. So very disappointing, to say the least.


K.A MORROW


Could Mr Wharehinga explain how 520 people who voted “no” all wanted Turanganui a Kiwa and not Poverty Bay? I’m all for a change of name but playing with statistics is an old ploy to get your way.
Why is there no discussion to change Gisborne to Turanganui a Kiwa, its original name, and the “bay” to Oneroa Bay, which is more appropriate to the sea area of our environment?

W. BROWN

Unbelievable! Once again our council does what it likes. What was the point of asking the public our opinion when once again it is ignored. The sooner we have council elections the better!

BRASSED OFF

I was born and bred in Poverty Bay. Why do we need another name? Too much PC.

BRIAN, Palmerston North

If someone asks, where are you from? My reply is Gisborne — not Poverty Bay — and if I need to clarify that further, I’d say on the East Coast of the North Island.
It’s only a name, but we should not be changing it.

BORN AND BRED GISBORNITE

Very sad bunch of councillors — it seems like they are voting for their right to hold their position.
To the Mayor, you have got your way and have control on your vision and legacy — a sad one at that.

CUSTOMER

Re: Council votes for dual name, March 2 story.
Given the results of “public consultation” previously published — “. . . out of 1856 respondents, 49.46 percent opposed a dual name, 47.52 supported it and 3.02 percent were not sure” — I would have thought by the law of averages, councillor votes should have been close to these percentages rather than 13 to 1?
Obviously public opinion meant zilch.

PETER MILLIAR

I am disgusted that our Mayor and councillors have voted 13 to 1 on having a dual name, and will now submit this so-called dual name Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay to the New Zealand Geographic Board for it to be changed.
What right have you lot to do this? Especially with this having such importance for our region.
I don’t care what anybody says, this should be going to a referendum at our next local body elections. It just doesn’t sit right with me whatsoever. It stinks.
Mr Foon said the council was doing the right and honourable thing in acknowledging the history of the district, and more particularly the ocean — Turanganui a Kiwa, subsequently Poverty Bay.
Yeah right. That’s not my belief. If you were honourable Mr Foon you would be putting this to a referendum, so get off your high horse and do what’s right.
As I said in a previous letter, if this dual name goes forward say goodbye to my votes on this council. So very disappointing, to say the least.


K.A MORROW


Could Mr Wharehinga explain how 520 people who voted “no” all wanted Turanganui a Kiwa and not Poverty Bay? I’m all for a change of name but playing with statistics is an old ploy to get your way.
Why is there no discussion to change Gisborne to Turanganui a Kiwa, its original name, and the “bay” to Oneroa Bay, which is more appropriate to the sea area of our environment?

W. BROWN

Unbelievable! Once again our council does what it likes. What was the point of asking the public our opinion when once again it is ignored. The sooner we have council elections the better!

BRASSED OFF

I was born and bred in Poverty Bay. Why do we need another name? Too much PC.

BRIAN, Palmerston North

If someone asks, where are you from? My reply is Gisborne — not Poverty Bay — and if I need to clarify that further, I’d say on the East Coast of the North Island.
It’s only a name, but we should not be changing it.

BORN AND BRED GISBORNITE

Very sad bunch of councillors — it seems like they are voting for their right to hold their position.
To the Mayor, you have got your way and have control on your vision and legacy — a sad one at that.

CUSTOMER

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Murray Jones, Gold Coast - 1 month ago
Buffoonery - [Buh-Foon-uh-ree]

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2: Foolish or playful behaviour or practice.

I now live on the Gold coast in Aussie. I haven't found any gold yet so will petition for the name to be changed back to the Aboriginal name "Kurrungul".

The mayor of the Gold Coast, Tom Tate, will probably want to name it Tatetown/Gold Coast, but I'll give it a go anyway.

Ruth Walton - 1 month ago
We will wait and see what the NZ Geographic Board says about this. Don't hold your breath Meng, neither should your self-serving minions hold theirs - it may never happen.

Janine - 1 month ago
One of the worst question-style consultations I have ever come across - it seems completely fixed in the way it has been handled. Meng and Co, you have lost my confidence. How could you actually call that a consultation process for something so big? Do you actually even care about what this town thinks? This is embarrassing.

Bob Hughes - 1 month ago
If only such energy could be displayed on remedying the more serious problems we collectively bring upon our future.
Whatever we name our district, coming generations will struggle with the worsening effects of climate change, resource depletion and isolation.

Nic - 1 month ago
I'm loving the dual name - way to go council.

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