October 13, 2021
Hamilton developers told to listen to mana whenua
Hamilton City Council says it wants to give mana whenua more of a say in naming roads – but it won’t remove some names which have been the subject of past protests.
Planning guidance manager Grant Kettle says historical street names such as von Tempsky, Grey and Bryce are not part of the policy review.
The proposed changes now out for discussion are about getting developers to engage earlier with mana whenua so they can understand the history of the area they are developing, the connection to local Māori history and any culturally significant names.
Developers can provide up to three names for each new road with a minimum of one name included from a pool of names provided by mana whenua.
Council staff then pick the name as part of the development consenting process.