In a “historical” move a south Auckland suburb will get its first Indian street name.
The new road, created by way of a subdivision at 172 and 172A Portage Road in Papatoetoe, will now be called Deepak Lane.
Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board deputy chair Ross Robertson says it’s the board’s way of recognising the work other cultures have contributed to the progress of the suburb.
“The two dominant culture groups residing in Papatoetoe now are Pasifika and Asian. There is a big Indian community,” he says.
“It’s time that we recognise the contribution that other cultures are making to the community. And what better way than a street name – Deepak Lane – in Papatoetoe?”
He says this is the board’s way of saying: “We understand that [contribution].”
The road name was proposed by the developer, Gagan Preet Singh.
According to the local board’s agenda, relevant iwi groups were consulted and only Te Ahiwaru responded.
They asked if a Maori name was considered, and said they would support names associated with the natural features or historic events associated with the locality.
To that, Singh’s agent says he considered naming the road after a Maori name or an event but couldn’t to come up with a suitable name that hasn’t been used in Auckland already.