The Phoenix car park is currently being developed into a new urban open space for the Mount, with a proposed name change on the table.
Tauranga City Council is asking the public to have their say about the proposed new name ‘Te Papa o Nga Manu Porotakataka’ with an online survey.
In the information that runs alongside the survey it says the council has worked with hapu, Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku throughout this project, from the concept phase through to detailed design and construction.
“Hapu have proposed the name Te Papa o Nga Manu Porotakataka for the new space.
“This name means ‘The Place of the Circling Birds’. It refers to the fishing traditions of the local people who, much like today’s fishermen, were guided as to where to fish by the birds circling above the water.
“The concept of circling birds is appropriate, given the new open space will be used for people to gather, meet and socialise, and as a place to eat.
“The name Te Papa o Nga Manu Porotakataka will be reflected by design elements integrated into the park. Included onsite will be an interpretative sign/storyboard which will feature the name and tells a story behind the name as well as provide local history for the area.”
To take part in the survey and express your opinion about the name change click here: