Tauranga City Council would is inviting people to give their feedback on the proposed name for the new open space currently developed at the former Phoenix car park site in Mount Maunganui.
The proposed name Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka, meaning The Place of the Circling Birds has been proposed by Council staff and Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku.
The name Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka refers to the birdlife and natural history of the area. Its meaning ‘The Place of the Circling Birds’ refers to the fishing traditions of local Māori who, much like fishermen today, were guided as to where to fish by birds circling above the water.
The concept of circling birds is appropriate, given the new open space will be used for people to gather, meet and socialise, and as a place to eat, says a statement from the council.
"Local history and Te Reo Māori will be promoted through the new space and its name. It represents Tauranga’s unique identity and also reflects the historical significance the Mount Maunganui area represents.
"It provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to connect with the cultural history of the land – Mauao, Hopukiore, Moturiki, Waikorire and now Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka – local sites and landmarks that tell a distinct story.
"The new urban space will feature grass areas to play and relax, native trees providing shade, a flexible space for events and activities all year round, a water feature and a drinking fountain, bike racks and repair station and more."
Council will be planting a mix of native trees, shrubs and grasses on site. Pōhutukawas will be the feature trees of the new space, attracting birds and representing the region’s signature coastal tree.
Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku hapu have been involved throughout this project, from the concept phase through to detailed design and construction, with the two hapu being supportive of the project, and viewing the new space as a valuable location for the local community and visitors to use and gather in.
Works at the new urban green space development are well underway and on track to provide the new space for everyone to enjoy. The new space is set to open in December.
Have your say until Wednesday, 12 December 2018 under the Have your say section on www.tauranga.govt.nz