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Te Horonui favoured as name for new lake

The New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa is inviting public submissions on the proposed name for the lake that was formed in February 2019 by a large landslide blocking Mangapoike River.

The proposed name is Lake Te Horonui, which means “the great landslide”.

The lake is approximately halfway between Wairoa and Gisborne, on land owned by Te Whakaari Incorporation.

The incorporation has been using the name Te Horonui for the lake since late last year, and is behind the proposal with the NZGB to confirm the name.

The Gisborne District Council has been using “Lake Mangapoike” to identify the lake.

In their proposal, Te Whakaari Inc advised that “Mangapoike” was associated with the river, road, station, and land blocks, and shareholders did not consider it appropriate to apply an existing historical name to a new lake. The incorporation advised that this may cause confusion about the lake's exact location and access to it for future ventures that Te Whakaari Inc may pursue.

The lake is formed around significant historical and wahi tapu sites in relation to Te Kooti and his followers, the proposal states.

“Te Horonui” is considered appropriate because it describes the significant natural event that caused the lake to form.

The geographic board is inviting submissions “from anyone who wants to have a say about these name proposals — particularly from those people in the local communities”, said Wendy Shaw, board secretary.

Submissions for or against the proposed names will be accepted up to June 28.

Further information, including the extent of each proposal and how to make a submission can be found at tinyurl.com/2aydjwww

Once official, place names must be used in all official documents, road signs, maps, websites and databases.

“It's important to ensure we preserve and protect place names so that they endure, and we have certainty about their location, extent, origin and authenticity,” Ms Shaw said.

The NZGB Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa welcomes any feedback on the decisions by emailing NZGBenquiries@linz.govt.nz

LANDSLIDE LAKE: A proposal is before the New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa to name the body of water formed in February 2019 by a large landslide blocking the Mangapoike River. The board is inviting public submissions on the proposal to name the lake Te Horonui, which means the great landslide. Picture supplied