23 Aug 2011

Community canvassed on name for peak

6:34 am on 23 August 2011

The people of Central Otago are to be surveyed on what they think a currently nameless peak in the region should be called.

The Geographic Board proposes that the peak be called Te Kohua Peak - a name supported by Ngai Tahu.

Kohua was the name given to a three-legged iron pot which was a gift from Nathanael Chalmers, a European explorer, to Reko, a Ngai Tahu chief who guided him through Central Otago in 1853.

But the board is leaving the final decision to Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson.

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is planning to jointly canvass the community with Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper.

She says it's really important the Minister gets an indication of what the community thinks about the proposal and what their preferred option is.

Ms Dean says she does not mind what the peak is called, but Mr Lepper says he would like it to become Karearea, after the native falcon.