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.