Naming of Roads Policy Review

Closes 30 Nov 2021

Feedback on the current policy

Click here for a full description of proposed policy changes

CHANGE A : Policy Principles
Council proposes to change the principles in the policy, to reflect He Pou Manawa Ora: Pillars of Wellbeing
Existing Policy Principles Proposed Policy Principles
· Council has a role in Ensuring that the city’s history, local identity and local culture is recognised and maintained.
· Council shall provide a consistent approach to determining appropriate names for roads, open spaces and Council facilities.
· Council has a role in ensuring that the city‘s history, local identity and local culture is recognised and maintained.
· Council shall provide a consistent approach to determining appropriate names for roads, open spaces and council facilities, and ensure decisions are in accordance with He Pou Manawa Ora: Pillars of Wellbeing strategy adopted by Council.
CHANGE B: The timing of consultation with mana whenua, and the type of information requested
Council proposes to change when mana whenua are consulted, and what information they are asked to provide during the process of naming new roads.
Existing Policy Proposed Policy
In the existing policy, a developer is expected to consult with Mana Whenua at a late stage in the resource consent process, after consent approval has been given for a specific road layout in a new development.

Council help developers ensure they are consulting with the appropriate mana whenua groups.
In the proposed policy, the developer will be expected to consult with mana whenua much earlier – before they have lodged a consent application. This means there will be more time available for consultation, as developers are not in the process of planning and construction work for the development.

Council will continue to help developers ensure they are consulting with the appropriate mana whenua groups.
In the existing policy mana whenua must respond within 10 working days.

This is not enough time for them to discuss the area and consider the history and story associated with the land.
In the proposed policy mana whenua must respond within 12 calendar weeks.

Because the timing would also change, there would be more time available for consultation without an adverse impact on the progress of the development. Mana whenua will have enough time to consider the history of the land and communicate the story of the area.
In the existing policy, mana whenua provide suggestions for specific road names only.

This means mana whenua do not have an opportunity to influence the name of the development or suburb or other parts of the development, limiting the history and stories they can communicate through naming.
In the proposed policy mana whenua provide a register (‘pool’) of names which can be used for the development itself, roads, open spaces or facilities within the development.

This means mana whenua would be able to influence the name of the development or suburb or other parts of the development, telling the history and stories of the area through the names of roads, landmarks and places.
CHANGE C : Number of names a developer proposes on an application form
The existing process for naming new roads involves the property developer lodging an application and proposing up to two names for each road. Council considers the names proposed by the developer and determines the final road name, based on criteria set out in the policy.
Existing Policy Proposed Policy
The developer proposes up to two names on an application form.

While the developer is obliged to consult with mana whenua about road names, they do not have to include any names suggested by mana whenua on the application form.
The developer proposes up to three names on an application form, and at least one of those names must be from the register of names mana whenua have provided to the developer during consultation.
This ensures mana whenua naming suggestions (provided through consultation) are included in the application for naming a new road, and therefore council can consider mana whenua naming suggestions as well as suggestions from the developer.
Do you support keeping the current policy with no changes?