Levin or Taitoko?

May 25, 2018

We've been saying Levin's name wrong, and there's talk of a new name for the town.


Levin already has a makeover plan, with Horowhenua councillors saying the town is dated and

dowdy and needs to get its mojo back.


Councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons said it would also be nice to acknowledge the town's traditional name, Taitoko.


Horowhenua District Council made its first prominent use of the name Taitoko in the Transforming Taitoko/Levin consultation document. It has also been used in decorations on a pop-up consultation booth the council installed in a central area of the town.


The town's older residents would remember both the town and family name it came from were

pronounced "Le-veen", according to council material.


Levin was adopted by the Crown from the name already given to a new railway station operating on land donated by Te Rangihiwinui for the railway corridor. It was named for William Hort Levin, a Wellington-based director of the railway company.


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