Feedback sought on new name for central Wellington

By RNZ

The New Zealand Geographic Board wants to hear what people think about a proposal to assign the name Paekākā to the area of Wellington that encompasses the Botanic Garden.

Wellington City Council submitted the proposal after tangata whenua Taranaki Whānui gifted the name, which recognises Māori history and traditional resource use in the area.

It also makes a connection to the recovery of the native parrots, kākā, in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa, the New Zealand Geographic Board, explained that the proposed name was not for a suburb, but covered a wider area of traditional significance.

Anderson Park, Bolton St Memorial Park, and the Cable Car buildings are also part of what would become known as Paekākā.

Public submissions are open until June 28.

RNZ

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