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Maori name chosen for Harbourview Park

3 July 2003

Press release

Maori name chosen for Harbourview Park

Orangihina – the wife of the great Te Kawerau a Maki warrior, Te Au O Te Whenua – is the name that will be used alongside Harbourview to describe the coastal park at Te Atatu Peninsula.

The name was first put forward by Te Kawerau a Maki, acknowledged as the tangata whenua of Waitakere City, at a meeting of the Harbourview Park Working Party earlier this year. Ngati Whatua also submitted the name ‘Kuaka’ (meaning bar-tailed godwit) for consideration.

However, the final decision was made today by the Council’s City Development Committee, which recommended ‘Orangihina’ be used, based on the Working Party’s preference for that name.

The park naming process was followed in accordance with the Council’s Parks Naming Policy, which states that it be named after an important historical use or person associated with the City, a significant natural feature, landscape, vegetation or fauna of the City, or a significant event in the life of the City.


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