No Official Names for Horowhenua Towns

June 6, 2018


Levin or Taitoko? Debate surfaced recently over what to call the Horowhenua town.


It turns out, the Government does not officially recognise either name.


According to the New Zealand Geographic Board - the government body for place names – Levin was not the town's official name and neither was Taitoko.


Board secretary Wendy Shaw says there was historical reference to the name Taitoko, but

more research would be required to confirm it as the original Māori name.


She says because Levin was not an official name, other names such as Taitoko could be



Foxton, Manakau, Ohau, Shannon, Tokomaru and Levin were all unofficial recorded



The geographic board has a fast-track process underway to approve the recorded names as

official, but only when there was no public opposition and no other known name for a place.

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