Road's double identity sorted out

DOUBLE LIFE: Hansen Line or Hansens Line?
DOUBLE LIFE: Hansen Line or Hansens Line?

The dual identity of a Manawatu road that bears a different name depending on which end you drive into is expected to be cleared up in the next few months.

Hansens Line has been living a double life for years, with a road sign on the State Highway 3-Rangitikei Line end reading "Hansen Line" and the sign at the Te Arakura Rd end reading "Hansens Line".

The dual name has even been embraced by Google Maps, which lists three-quarters of the road as Hansen Line, but gives the final leg the additional 's'.

CORRECT: The sign is spelt the right way at one end of Hansens Line.
CORRECT: The sign is spelt the right way at one end of Hansens Line.

Manawatu District Council roading manager Wayne Keightley said he was unaware of the discrepancy between the signs on the 2-kilometre road until the Manawatu Standard pointed it out.

The official name of the road is Hansens.

Mr Keightley expected the sign to be changed within the next couple of months.

He was unsure how the error arose, but said it could have been a mistake by the council in the first instance, or there may have been an accident where the sign was replaced with the incorrect name by a contracting company.

The "name blade" part of the sign would have to be replaced entirely as an "s" could not just be added on to the end of the word because of the sign's length, he said.

It would cost about $200 to replace.

Marilyn Hansen, who lives on the Te Arakura end, said the road had been named after her husband's grandfather, Sir Peter Hansen.

He had been a prominent community figure and she believed the road had been renamed after him in the 1950s or 1960s.

They still lived on the family farm he started, she said.

Mrs Hansen said they had noticed the signs were different, but thought someone had just missed off the "s" on the SH3 end sign.

"When you think about it, it is a bit odd."

Manawatu Standard