The Council rejects the name change of Māniatoto

The Maniototo will continue to be the Maniototo.

A debate at a Central Otago District Council meeting today decided to keep the name the same despite a submission from Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puteketeraki who wanted to change the name to Māniatoto.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan was the only member who wanted to change the name.

The Runaka had argued that the name Maniototo was meaningless and they wanted to honor te reo Māori.

But the Maniototo Community Board at a meeting Monday night wanted to keep the same name.

Cr Stu Duncan, who represented the Maniototo ward, said at today’s meeting there had been a great discussion in the ward for the community and a lot of passion had been shown.

He said the council would go against democracy if it ignored the board’s decision.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said he had become acutely aware of the problem in the past two years and said it was simply being fixed a mistake that had been made many years ago.

He was the only councilor to vote against the motion to keep the same name.

The council has used Māniatoto in official documents for the past two years.