The policy also states that all names should be four things: unique, short (preferably fewer than 12 characters), simple and respectful.
Carline Thomas, Land and Customer Info Advisor at Wellington City Council, says in the past, streets were often named after people such as royals, notable local personalities, and family and friends of developers, as well as places or things that were relevant to developers.
“New street names are usually more relevant to us today. They reflect greater awareness of where we live, in Aotearoa New Zealand.
“They also tend to reflect the diversity of the people, native flora and fauna, and other important elements that give Wellington its unique vibe and energy.
“Of course, a street name is really an important element of an address that enables wayfinding for visitors, delivery services, and most crucially, emergency services. However, they can contribute to our sense of place.”
Carline says in the future the aim is for new street names to be more relevant to more people, with a greater use of te reo Māori.
“In some areas, there is a street-naming theme. A theme may be continued, but with street naming now a consultative process, with mana whenua, relevant residents and historical associations, developers, as well as other pertinent stakeholders having input, there is more scope than previously for departures from these.”
For more information, check out the policy on our website.