Feedback on a proposed name for a walkway

We (WCC) have received four name suggestions for the pedestrian walkway from the Terrace to Boyd-Wilson field.

Potential names

Suggested Name and Meaning (provided by submitter)

Wahine Toa

Wahine toameans strong women - in recognition of the history of this pathway (site of men sexually assaulting women) to rise up against this negative aspect and give renewed strength and mana to the pathway and the people who walk on it- especially women.

Aroha

Aroha means love – Aroha incorporates Aro, the name of this precinct and turns this pathway into a positive space, strength in unity and connection with the community.

Kake Tonu Way

Kake Tonu is the whakatauki of Te Aro school. It also reflects the culture of the space as a learning hub and draws on connection between the School and University through the growth of learning and moving upwards in your education. On a more practical level the name works well as you are literally walking up stairs.

Te Ara Poutama

'Te Ara Poutama'. Poutama symbolises the steps up to gaining knowledge so links very closely with education and also the school whakatauki. It also links in when starting at primary and climbing the steps up to tertiary education. Ara is pathway.

Recommended Name:

We have reviewed the suggested names and recommend that “Kake Tonu Way” which translates to “Ever Upwards Way” is best suited to achieve the objective of creating a positive identity for the walkway which users can connect with.

Kake Tonu is the whakatauki of Te Aro school. It also reflects the culture of the space as a learning hub and draws on connection between the School and University through the growth of learning and moving upwards in your education. On a more practical level the name works well as you are literally walking up stairs.

If you have any comments about the preferred name, please let us know.

We will be presenting the proposal to the Regulatory Committee of Council on 21st June (time to be confirmed). 

Kind Regards,

Teresa Gianos

Advisor City Partnerships | Wellington City Council

P 04 803 8627 | M 021 227 8627

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