Of the many events held at the Hawke's Bay A&P Showgrounds, several have already expressed their support for the proposal to change the venue's name back to the Tomoana Showgrounds.

Fiesta of Lights organiser Te Rangi Huata said he was strongly in favour of the name change and thought it would be a positive thing for the community.

"I'm in favour of calling the facility the Tomoana Showgrounds. And while it may take people time to adjust, I think in time to come it will be a positive move."

Speaking from Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail in Auckland, Mr Huata made a point to say that many older people living in Hawke's Bay were still calling the venue the "Tomoana Showgrounds" anyway.


Mr Huata said as one of the longest-running lighting events, the Fiesta of Lights would benefit from the name change.

"I've made a note of other areas that hold someone's name and I think the Hawke's Bay Showgrounds sounds too vague,

"It markets the idea to get the rest of Hawke's Bay to join in. It's an aspiring idea to have a place for all of Hawke's Bay but I think it would be good to have a local name."

Hawke's Bay Farmers Market manager Emma Glover said she was confident the weekly market would be happy to support a decision made by the A&P Society to change the name too.

Horse of the Year chairwoman Cynthia Bowers said she didn't have too much concern about the proposal to change the name back to the Tomoana Showgrounds.

"We don't think it's going to make any difference to what we do."

Ms Bowers said Horse of the Year's priority was having a good venue with good facilities.

When asked if she thought it would be a positive change, she said the HOY board was "neutral" on the matter, noting she didn't think the change would have any impact on the annual national event.

"I don't think it's really my role to have a view on it ... As I say it's the venue that's important and the quality of the facilities."

Mr Huata said while it was a nice idea to have a showgrounds named for the entire region, making it more specific would be better.

He said in his experience with Fiesta of Lights, the name change wouldn't deter people travelling to the venue's events from other parts of Hawke's Bay.