The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1915. RENAMING GERMAN BAY.
The question of what should be the substituted name (or tbe present ob noxious name of German Bay has been the subject of a good deal of covreg pondence through our columns. We can understand the residents of tbe , Bay wishing to remove the- stigma i with which the residents are now saddled, but the residents should, now the opportunity offers, endeavour to select a name which should carry some reference of original significance. In the original rarae of German Bay there was no doubt reference to tbe original seMlerg' nationality, for it will kin l-ftne'i.bored fbftt the exppdi tinn organised by tbe Nanto Borde latpe Company, included immigrants of alt nationalities and apparently those who rruide their firet home in German Bay wpre of German origin. The two names suggested are Coloniafce , Hay and Oukamatun, but there is divided opinion ns to their suitability, and as fhe name selected roust bs unanimoaely aocepted by aU residents before the change is made there is a dead lock at present. Of the two names Otakamatua seems to carry more original right of place, as it was the original Maori name ac cording to old documents and to Canon Stack, who was, perhaps, the best southern Maori eoholar in hie time, and who refers to the Bay by that name in "Tales of Banks PeninBula." Colonists' Bay doea not seem definite enough to preserve any ori ginal significance where there is a wealth of historic names to select from. There are many namea which we could suggest that would be of more interest as giving reference to our forerunners such as "Comte de Paris," the French immigrant frigate, "Hempleman," and "Britomart," the English frigate in which Captain Stanley actually took possession of the South Island. There are many other names of historic value which might serve to rename tbe Bay, and the residents of German Bay will, we hope, select one which will preserve some memory of our historic interest. It would appear from tbe correspond ence paseing through our columns that the meeting was not one called by public notice, and this, we think, should certainly be done before a came i 3 selected, as then everyone will have an equal chance in the selection. If a name was then selected the mac binery could easily be put into motion to rename the Bay, and this part of the undertaking would be an easy matter provided the residents were unanimous. We hope then that the good people of German Bay will etir themselves to action in this direction without delay, and substitute for the present disagreeable name one that will carry with it memories of the early pioneers of Banks Peninsula or of those history makers associated with it.