Saturday, December 13, 2008

Street stories 4: The 1929 and 1932 changes

See also Street Stories: 2 "Lucus a non lucendo"

Avondale Borough amalgamated with Auckland City in September 1927. In June 1929, a list of suggested changes in local street names was published under "Corporation Notices" in the newspapers. Primarily, the changes were to Maori or Maori-sounding names. After a round of submissions, further changes were made, and in 1932 the names were altered again in many cases and this time became official.

I've included here the 1929 name suggestions in green, while the 1932 names are in red.


Argyle Street – Arran Street (Scottish town on Firth of Clyde)
Beatrice Street – Ronaki StreetBeatrix Street
Blake Street – Paparau StreetSt Judes Street
Bollard Avenue – Booth AvenueBollard Avenue (retained name. The Bollard Road in Pt Chevalier lost out, renamed Boscowen Street)
Brown Street -- Kanuka StreetBrunel/Pembroke Street -- Rosebank Road
The 1932 list left the "e" off the name Brown Street, so the changes could have been for either the Avondale or Waterview Brown(e) Streets.
Church Street – Chalmers Street
Cracroft Street – Kura StreetCrayford Street (model town in Kent)
Elizabeth Street – Ripeka StreetPlane Street
George Street – Taramea StreetAspen Street
Taramea later used for another street on Rosebank Peninsula
High Street – Kotae StreetHighbury Street
now southern part known as Community Lane
Kitchener Road – Puroto StreetHolly Street
Princess/Princes Street – Pahure StreetElm Street
Palmer Street – Ngaio StreetDonegal Street
Park Avenue – Patiki Road
St Georges Road – Nota StreetSt George’s Road (retained name)
Seaview Road – Taimati RoadBirch Street – now Saltaire Street
Station Road – Costley RoadBlockhouse Bay Road
The Avenue – Kopiti StreetThe Avenue -- now Mead Street
Victoria Road – Rarangi RoadVictor Street
Walton Street – Waenga StreetWalsall Street
Wharf Road – Kaupapa RoadAsh Street
Wolseley Road – Bancroft StreetWolverton Street
Wilson Street – Seaforth StreetLarch Street

Blockhouse Bay

Ayr Street – Puanga StreetAlleway Street.
Now a stopped road, part of a reserve. Alleway is a Scottish town in Ayrshire.
Bedford Street – Hertford Street
Town on River Lea, England
Boylan Street – Takau StreetWhitby Road -- Wade Street
Clifford Street – Colombo Street
Now part of Blockhouse Bay Reserve
Connell Street – Paraki StreetConnell Street (retained name)
Dilworth Street – Tahapa Street Ulster Road
Exeter Street – Towai Street Exminster Street
Gore Street – Makenu StreetGovan Street – Gore Street
now stopped and part of Blockhouse Bay Reserve
Karaka Street – Titongi StreetBolton Street
Mackay Street – Mahara StreetMarlow Street – Crowther Street
Manukau Road – Wairaka Road Blockhouse Bay Road
Marine Terrace – Koluga TerraceTaunton Terrace
O’Neill Street – Hinau StreetConnaught Street
Porter Street – Rakau StreetKinross Street
Puriri Street – Puketea Street
Richmond Street – Mamaku Street – Rathlin Street
part now stopped and included in reserve
Taylor Street – Wharepape Street Taylor Street (retained name)
Williamson Street – Haretu StreetArmagh Street
Wynyard Street – Karewa StreetWindermere Street
now vanished, although there is a Windermere Crescent nearby. Part of Wynyard Street is in the Blockhouse Bay Reserve, part is close to Crudge Street, the remainder (off Donovan Street) now just an accessway to Exminister Street.
Wynyard Road – Manukau RoadBlockhouse Bay Road

New Windsor

East Road – Marangai Street Munster Road -- now Maioro Street
Garnet Street – Takarangi StreetTiverton Road
Glenside Avenue – Haunui AvenueLeinster Street
Myers Road – Kakariki RoadMargate Road
Whittaker Street – Raumanga StreetWhitney Street
Willow Avenue – Mahora Avenue Dundale Avenue
A formerly nameless road – Holbrook Street


Albert Road – Mariwai RoadAlford Street
after an eminent theologian and writer, Henry Alford
Alexander Street – Alverston Street
named after Richard Webster, 1st Viscount Alverstone, First Lord Chief Justice.
Argyle Street – Tutuki Street
Bedford Street – Pokapu StreetHertford Street
Browne Street – Mamangi StreetBrunel/Pembroke Street -- Dale Street – Fir Street
See above for Avondale's Brown Street
Cameron Street – Karamu StreetMiddlesex Road
Dale Street – Manapau StreetFir Street

From 1939, for at least 14 years, Mr. K. F. Haszard of Auckland City Council’s town-planning staff was the man behind the naming and re-naming of the city’s street names. He was interviewed by the NZ Herald 16 July 1953.
Unless he is requested to select a name of an incident or person, Mr. Haszard looks for pleasant-sounding names, names that conjure pleasant thoughts like Hazelmere, Heathcote or Meadowbank.

He does not believe that commemorative names are of particular merit. In a very few years the names of most famous people and incidents become closely identified with streets, but their meaning conveys nothing to most people.

“It can be comparatively simple to choose a name, but one must be careful,” he said yesterday. “It must be simple and euphonious, it should not duplicate or be closely similar to any other street name in the metropolitan area, and particularly in the case of Maori names, it must not have an objectionable meaning.”

Changes of existing names are the second big group handled by Mr. Haszard. A name is not changed unless it is requested by an overwhelming number of residents in a street. Confusion with other street names is the chief reason. But Mr. Haszard likes the reason to be a good one. He is not in favour of the suggested change of Karangahape Road to Elizabeth Street.

“It would be a great pity,” he said, “if we gave up our old Maori names, particularly those that have become worked into the fabric of the city. Karangahape is not difficult to say. We could learn from England, where half the charm of poking around the towns is in the odd little place name one finds.

“Karangahape Road is in our tradition and background, and I do not see why it should be altered just for the convenience of newcomers.”

Sources: Auckland Star, 18 June 1929, p. 20
NZ Herald, 17 July 1953, p. 11
Auckland City Archives, file reference ACC 275/30/332

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