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'Remutaka Pass' now official

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The unnamed pass that separates the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges will today be officially named 'Remutaka Pass', in keeping with the heritage and place-naming traditions of local iwi.

The name was proposed by former Masterton Mayor Frank Cody and considered by the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB). It was confirmed by Land Information Minister Louise Upston.

"'Remutaka' is the original Māori name for the feature. It commemorates the edge (remu) of Haunui-a-Nanaia's cape falling to the ground (taka) when he first viewed and named Wairarapa," says NZGB Secretary Wendy Shaw.

"The name recognises its historic significance to mana whenua, and the pass’s traditional use by Māori to pass from the Hutt Valley to the Wairarapa."

Public consultation on the proposal ran from 28 May to 28 August 2015, and resulted in 16 submissions - 14 in support, and two objecting.

‘Remutaka Pass’ will be the name of the pass only. The names of Rimutaka hill, Rimutaka Range and Rimutaka Hill Road have not changed.

Visit the LINZ website for information about this name, general place naming and the New Zealand Geographic Board.

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