Hamilton or Kirikiriroa

The Herald reports:

Hamilton Mayor is proposing a name change for the city council to Kirikiriroa City Council.

His suggestion is in the mayor’s monthly report which will go to the council on Thursday.

“I have had a number of discussions with local iwi representatives, including King Tuheitia, about Hamilton being more culturally‐aware of our partnership with Maori,” King said.

“I believe a significant step in this process would be renaming [the ] council to Kirikiriroa City Council.”

 The move prompted councillor Angela O’Leary to post an item about it on her personal Facebook page on Monday morning.


The reaction from her followers was overwhelmingly negative, with some labelling it a waste of money.

Moves like this, combined with proposed huge rates increases, look to me like a good way to become a one term Mayor.

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