LATEST: Grenada North's misspelt "Carribean Drive" street sign has been replaced with a correct version.
On Friday Wellington City Council staff erected a new street sign, with the correct spelling of "Caribbean".
The Wellingtonian noticed the incorrect spelling in the photo accompanying last week's feature on Grenada North street names.
Wellington City Council was unaware of the incorrect sign.
Council spokesman Michael Brownie said Caribbean Drive was spelt correctly on the council's database, but incorrectly on the sign itself.
"If anyone thinks a name is wrong, they should contact the council and it will be investigated. If, like Caribbean, it is wrong on the sign but correct on the database, a new sign will be requested immediately," he said.
Mr Brownie said his team was responsible for assigning addresses and determining when a new street name was needed.
As part of the process, the spelling of the street was checked.
He said the council heard about a misspelt street sign less than once a year.
More humorous examples of misspelt Wellington signs have included Highbury's notorious "Old Bollock Road" and "Prince of Whales" Park in Mount Cook.
Mr Brownie said not all incorrect street names were changed.
If a street was known by the public or recorded on the council's database by its incorrect name, that would likely remain.
A few years ago, the council was advised that Nairn St should be Nairne St, and Majoribanks St should be Marjoribanks St, after early 1840s New Zealand Company directors Alexander Nairne and Stewart Marjoribanks (pronounced Maach-banks).
"Before recommending a change, we consulted with residents and it was immediately clear that the majority did not want the council to waste money and create confusion by making a change."
A 2009 e-petition was set up through the Wellington City Council website calling for Houghton Bay to be changed to Haughton Bay, Ohiro Rd to Owhiro Rd, and Epuni St to Te Puni St.
The list also included Hataitai, named after Whataitai, one of the two taniwha that created Wellington Harbour, and Waipori St, named after Ngati Awa chief Te Wharepouri.
None of the names were changed.
Mr Brownie said it was important to remember that the primary reason for street names was to help identify properties.
- The Wellingtonian