Ariki Street is a residential street located in the Boulcott suburb of Lower Hutt. The street was formed in 1937 on behalf of the Trustees of the Anglican Boys’ Home, which is now known as St Oran’s College. The name “Ariki” means “High Chief” in Maori, and is likely a reference to the importance of leadership and community within the Maori culture.
The nearby Ropata Crescent shares a similar connection to Maori history, as it is also named after an important Maori leader. The naming of both Ariki Street and Ropata Crescent reflects the important contributions that Maori leaders have made to the region’s history and development, and serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of the Lower Hutt community.