Our Place Name

Turanganui a Kiwa alongside Poverty Bay

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Our Place Name

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa will shortly be seeking views on whether to change Poverty Bay, where Captain Cook first arrived in New Zealand, to a dual name Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay.

Gisborne District Council made the proposal to the Board.

“The Board met on 12 April 2018 and decided to progress the Council’s proposal, which would place the Māori name alongside the existing English name for the bay,” says Board Secretary Wendy Shaw.

“Tūranganui-a-Kiwa is typically referred to as the great standing place of Kiwa. Poverty Bay was given by Captain Cook when he landed there in 1769 and was unable to re-supply his ship.

“The Board will publicly consult on the proposal for 3 months starting late May. People can make submissions during that timeframe.”

Considering our place name

We asked if you support reclaiming the official use of Turanganui a Kiwa alongside Poverty Bay. Feedback closed 5pm Friday 9 February.

In February 2017 Council agreed to research, consult and apply to the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) for a change to Poverty Bay. The basis of the application is to reclaim the official use of Turanganui a Kiwa to be used alongside Poverty Bay.

The process to officially change a place name is through an application to the NZGB - this must include research and consultation. Once NZGB receive the application they also carry out statutory consultation before making a decision. 

What this means

It means our place names could be officially recognised and better used - on maps, as a landmark and to celebrate who we are. Geographic names help us find where we are and where we want to be, whether on land or undersea, and are important for emergency services and maritime safety. Geographic names are also important landmarks of the history, culture and identity of our nation and the communities within it.

This booklet has more information - Considering the name of our place [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Feedback closed 5pm Friday 9 February. 

More information

Read the media release - Consider a dual name for our bay

Video - Turanga iwi representatives discuss the significance of the name Turanganui a Kiwa

Report to Council Feb 2017 - Name Change for Poverty Bay |  Minutes of that meeting 

Here's an historical account of Cook's arrival [PDF, 3.2 MB] 

Turanga iwi representatives discuss the significance of the name Turanganui a Kiwa

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