1. Street names are assigned by characteristics of the street
Did you know a Glade is a tree covered street, whereas a Grove is an alleyway cut out in a wood? Check out the 26 different definitions for our streets, all based on their characteristics.
2. The current location of the city was plan B!
Petone was originally destined to be Wellington city – or where the New Zealand Company planned to build their new settlement, Britannia. When they realised the site was not suitable, they had to negotiate for new land and took ownership of the land situated between Thorndon Quay and Berhampore.
Having already pre-sold about 1000 sections, with another 100 set aside for mana whenua, they needed to squeeze all of those town acres into the land area that had been purchased. One of the results was very narrow roads, particularly around the CBD.
3. Many Wellington suburbs have themed street names
If you’ve ever travelled through the Wellington suburb of Brooklyn, you may well have noticed a political pattern in the street names. There’s Garfield Street, named after the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, who was killed by an assassin in 1881.
Other suburbs like Grenada Village and Grenada North have themes of Caribbean names, while Hataitai has Māori names (predominantly flora and fauna).
You can find the non-exhaustive list of suburbs currently considered to have a predominant naming theme throughout their streets in this story.