New Zealand City Names

A pet peeve of mine is that we don’t do well in NZ with displaying out history. We have so few statues and history panels around our cities. Take for example, Wellington. We’re named after one of the greatest people in British and military history. But where would you find that around the city? We should have a statue of the Duke of Wellington, explaining we are named after him.

For those interested, I’ve done a table of who or what the 13 major cities in are named after. If I have the time, I may extend it to larger towns.

City Named After Fame
Auckland George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland First Lord of the Admiralty, commissioned Hobson to sail for East Indies
Wellingon Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington Defeated Napoleon, Field Marshall, UK PM
Christchurch Christ Church, Oxford A constituent college of Oxford University
Hamilton Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton Scottish commander of HMS Esk, who was killed in the battle of Gate PāTauranga
Dunedin Dùn Èideann  Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh
Tauranga Maori name for landing place
Lower Hutt Sir William Hutt A British Liberal politician who was heavily involved in the colonization of New Zealand and South Australia
Palmerston North Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston UK PM
Napier Sir Charles James Napier general of the British Empire and the British Army‘s Commander-in-Chief in India, notable for conquering Sindh in what is now Pakistan.
Porirua a variant of pari-rua (“two tides”), a reference to the two arms of the Porirua Harbour
Invercargill  Inver comes from the Scottish Gaelic word inbhir meaning a river’s mouth and Cargill is in honour of Captain William Cargill Founder and Superintendent of Otago
Nelson Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson

 

Admiral, won  Battle of Trafalgar
Upper Hutt Sir William Hutt A British Liberal politician who was heavily involved in the colonization of New Zealand and South Australia

I knew most of these before I looked them up, but not the Hutt or Invercargill ones.

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