NZGB to consult on giving Poverty Bay an official Maori/English name

Will the district's name be changed to Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay? The NZ Geographic Board will publicly consult on the proposal for three months starting late May.

The New Zealand Geographic Board has decided to progress the proposal for a name change for Poverty Bay to Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

It will soon begin to seek views on whether to change Poverty Bay, the bay south of Gisborne where Captain Cook first arrived in New Zealand, to a dual name of Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

Gisborne District Council made the proposal to the board.

“The board met on April 12 and decided to progress the council’s proposal, which would place the Maori name alongside the existing English name for the bay,” said board secretary Wendy Shaw.

“Turanganui a Kiwa is typically referred to as the great standing place of Kiwa. Poverty Bay was named by Captain Cook when he anchored there in 1769 and was unable to resupply his ship.

“The board will publicly consult on the proposal for three months starting late May.

“People can make submissions during that timeframe.”

The New Zealand Geographic Board has decided to progress the proposal for a name change for Poverty Bay to Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

It will soon begin to seek views on whether to change Poverty Bay, the bay south of Gisborne where Captain Cook first arrived in New Zealand, to a dual name of Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

Gisborne District Council made the proposal to the board.

“The board met on April 12 and decided to progress the council’s proposal, which would place the Maori name alongside the existing English name for the bay,” said board secretary Wendy Shaw.

“Turanganui a Kiwa is typically referred to as the great standing place of Kiwa. Poverty Bay was named by Captain Cook when he anchored there in 1769 and was unable to resupply his ship.

“The board will publicly consult on the proposal for three months starting late May.

“People can make submissions during that timeframe.”

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