December 06, 2022
Te Awa o Mokotūāraro new name for Clive River
Green MP Elizabeth Kerekere says the New Zealand Geographic Board has accepted ‘Te Awa o Mokotūāraro’ as the name for the Clive River near Hastings.
It follows a long campaign by Kohupātiki Marae against the name given in 1975 to part of the Ngaruroro Moko-tū-ā-raro ki Rangatira which was diverted after flooding.
The board turned down an earlier request by Kohupātiki Marae to restore the Ngaruroro name because it might cause confusion in an emergency.
Dr Kerekere says restoring the name is the first step to the marae reclaiming tino rangatiratanga over the awa.