'N-word' Stream in Canterbury could be renamed Pukio Stream

Three offensive place names in North Canterbury could be changed.

Three offensive place names in North Canterbury could be changed.

Nigger Stream in North Canterbury could be renamed Pukio Stream under a new proposal.

The proposed name change for the stream in the foothills of the Southern Alps has been put out for public consultation by The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB).

The NZGB initially proposed to rename the waterway Steelhead Stream after the breed of trout, but Cantabrians pointed out that the fish did not run in local waters.

Pukio is a plant that is commonly found in swampy areas in New Zealand.

The second round of consultation on the stream name will run until August 26.

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The NZGB has already consulted on plans to change the name of two other places in North Canterbury. Under the proposals, Niggerhead and Nigger Hill would become Tawhai Hill and Kanuka Hills respectively, named after native trees that grow in the area.

The proposals went out for public consultation earlier this year, with Kanuka Hills receiving 30 objections and Tawhai Hill attracting 31 objections.

Land Information Minister Louise Upston would decide whether those two place names should be changed, said NZGB secretary Wendy Shaw.

"The NZGB received 223 submissions on these two proposals – 162 in support of the proposed new names, and 61 objecting. Because the NZGB didn't agree with all of the objecting submissions, the decision on whether to assign these names now falls to the minister."

Submissions on the proposed name changes can be made by visiting www.linz.govt.nz, emailing nzgbsubmissions@linz.govt.nz, or writing to Level 7, Radio New Zealand House, 155 The Terrace, PO Box 5501, Wellington 6145.

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