New Zealand

Te Ara Nui o Te Rangihaeata

Te Ara Nui o Te Rangihaeata is the formal name for Transmission Gully, a 27km motorway opened in March 2022 north of Wellington. It is named after Te Rangihaeata, who was a Ngati Toa chief who signed the Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and led the battle at Battle Hill which overlooks this […]

Alicetown, Lower Hutt

Block Road

Passes under Melling Bridge and was named by Councillor Frost (a stonemason) after the concrete blocks produced by a firm a little further upstream.

Normandale, Lower Hutt

Christina Grove

Subdivided in 1960 by Arthur Hugo Peter Petterson and named after his wife, Christina Annabel Petterson.  

Taitā, Lower Hutt

Whiteman Grove

Francis and his son George Whiteman farmed at Taita having arrived in the “Gertrude” in 1841. In the early 1840s, George and his brother William “discovered” Whiteman’s Valley. William later farmed at Mangaroa at the northern end of Whiteman’s Valley.

Waterloo, Lower Hutt

Wilford Street

Sir Thomas Mason Wilford was M.P. for Hutt for 26 years, and Mayor of Wellington 1909-11. He was leader of the Liberal Opposition in 1919 and later became New Zealand High Commissioner in London. He was a grandson of “Quaker” Mason.

Hutt Central, Lower Hutt

Witako Street

Named after Wiremu Tako Ngātata, of Te Āti Awa, usually known as Wi Tako. He was a chief born around the beginning of the 19th century in Taranaki who migrated south in 1832 with his people to the Cook Strait region. His father signed the Treaty of Waitangi in the Wellington region in April 1840. Wi […]

Epuni, Lower Hutt

Burnton Street

A name made from the names of two families who owned land either side of Burnton Street in Witako Street, the Benton family and the Burn family. The street was put through in 1946.

Naenae, Lower Hutt

Butler Street

Harry Butler, farmer, of Naenae and his wife Susan owned part of section 39 in 1900. The street is probably named after this family, but another Butler story is worthy of mention. On an earlier stay in New Zealand the Rev. John Gare Butler had been associated with the Rev. Samuel Marsden in the Bay […]

Belmont, Lower Hutt

Carter Street

Mrs E. Carter was a councillor for this area on the Hutt County Council in the 1960s. She was concerned at the amount of good farm land being bought for speculation.

Naenae, Lower Hutt

Chapman Crescent

G.H. Chapman, a well known citizen, voluntarily undertook the initial development of the new Riddiford Park and installed the swings, slides, roundabout etc. in the children’s play area in the 1920s.