Local Iwi and residents in Gisborne are welcoming a decision by the NZ Geographic board to support the dual name proposal for the "Tūranganui a Kiwa / Poverty Bay" region.
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More than one hundred descendants of Ngāi Taiwhakaea hapū of Ngāti Awa gathered in a peaceful protest as shareholders from the Whakatāne Golf Club vote to sell a piece of their land which was originally occupied by local Māori before the land wars.
Racist location names are being scrapped and replaced with Māori names following a complaint to the New Zealand Geographic Board earlier this year.