'Keef's' Whangarei street connection

By Mike Dinsdale

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It's only rock and roll, but Whangarei District councillors like the idea of naming a new road in the district after one of the most enduring rock bands in the world, The Rolling Stones.

The council's district living committee met yesterday to consider an application to name a new road in a Tikipunga subdivision Rolling Stone Rise.

The application, by Reyburn and Bryant, is for a road in the subdivision at Pune Rere Dr.

In the application the company says Rolling Stone Rise was chosen to follow on the theme of pop music groups in the area. A private accessway directly behind the subdivision is already called Abba Lane.

Rolling Stone Rise is the preferred name for the road by the developers, with Claxton Court and Carpenters Lane suggested as alternatives.

Councillors yesterday voted unanimously to allow the road to be named Rolling Stone Rise, with Cr Bruce McLauchlan wondering if the fact needed to be celebrated with a gig in the city by the iconic rock legends. Cr Crichton Christie, meanwhile, admitted that he preferred The Carpenters.

The Stones last month headlined the UK's famous Glastonbury Festival in front of a crowd of up to 170,000 - more than the entire population of Northland - and last week performed in London's Hyde Park to a crowd in the tens of thousands.

- Northern Advocate

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