Maori place names such as Te Matau A Maui and Waipuka are likely to be recognised alongside their English equivalents, Cape Kidnappers and Ocean Beach, when they are recorded in documents written into the Hastings District Plan.
The district plan sets the rules and regulations for activities in Hastings and is nearing the end of its three-year review, which attracted more than 300 public submissions.
Sarah Reo, on behalf of Waipuka 3B1C1 Incorporation, asked that Maori names be acknowledged in the revised plan.
In particular, she pointed to Te Matau A Maui as the name for Cape Kidnappers and Waipuka for Ocean Beach. Her request was supported by another submitter Karanema Bartlett and was being considered by the Hastings District Council's working party which was reviewing the district plan.
Advice from council staff reviewing the submissions agreed Maori place names should be included in the plan.
"It is therefore recommended that Te Matau a Maui [Cape Kidnappers] and Waipuka [Ocean Beach] be included ...
and that a Te Reo Maori version of the zone name be included alongside the English version."
The issue of Maori place names was one in a number of submissions which were relevant to Mana Whenua and were reviewed by the council's Maori Committee this week. Others issues included submissions relating to the Cape Kidnappers Ocean Beach Nature Reserve zone, asking regard be given to archaeological sites in the area.
Several submissions came from Maori land owners of properties on the foothills of Ruahine and Kaweka ranges, worried about the impacts if their land was incorporated into an "Outstanding Landscape" zone for a higher level of protection.
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust also wanted additional waahi tapu sites added to the district plan and protection of significant archaeological sites. In particular, it asked Cape Kidnappers be identified as a historic area, one of international importance. There were more than 200 recorded archaeological sites in the area and many layers of Maori and early European history.
The working party held a number of public meetings to discuss the district plan review and a three-day hearing for submitters followed in July. It was now meeting to decide how to amend the plan, taking into account all of the submissions.
The working party's chairman, Hastings district councillor Mick Lester, said there would be a chance for further public feedback in September and a formal hearing would be scheduled.