A Waitangi Tribunal proposal to change the spelling of the Rimutaka area to Remutaka has not been a popular one.

A new tribunal report for the Wairarapa and Tararua region says the Rimutaka Hill Rd and region should be Remutaka, the historical Maori version, and the change would be recommended to the Geographical Board.

The Dominion Post reported that the name change proposal has come as a surprise to many who are either calling for a debate on the matter or wondering who will pay for the signage.

This controversy comes after the name change from Wanganui to Whanganui.