And people Newshub spoke to around town supported the change.
“Most towns and cities they’re changing to Māori names, so I’m happy with that,” said one local woman.
“I think it’s always been important to acknowledge Te Ao Māori, especially when it comes to spelling,” another told Newshub.
“I think it’s pretty cool to be touching back on the Māori culture and the roots,” one man said.
Culture and roots that were finally recognised by the council today.
The next step is getting the Geographic Board to do the same.