New name for site of Tauranga Council services

Tauranga City Council is taking over the centre, which is located between Devonport Road and Grey Street. Photo: John Borren/SunLive.

‘He Puna Manawa’ will be the new name of the destination for key council services in Tauranga City.

Council is leasing the site previously known as the Goddards Centre, located between Devonport Road and Grey Street.

He Puna Manawa will house council’s customer service centre and central library from early next year while the new civic precinct is developed.

The name was gifted to council by mana whenua, Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu, and was formally endorsed by the Commission at a Council meeting this week.

Translated literally, He Puna Manawa means heart of the spring.

It can also be described as an oasis, being the collective pool created by many springs feeding in.

Commission Chair Anne Tolley says it’s an honour for council to have been gifted the name, which captures the spirit of the exciting, vibrant and interactive hub that will soon occupy the site.

“He Puna Manawa will be a place where everyone in the community can come together to connect, share, learn, and access key council services,” says Anne.

“It will also breathe life into the area and help give surrounding businesses a much-needed boost.”
Council Strategic Māori Engagement Manager Carlo Ellis says the name is also a nod to the area’s history; a key consideration for council and mana whenua.

“In the past, the area was fertile and productive, with freshwater springs located around the area close to where He Puna Manawa is located,” says Carlo.

“Today, we see the name of Spring St and a prominent sculpture by the late master carver Tuti Tukaokao depicting a calabash in the form of a fountain on the corner of Spring and Grey Streets, which all reference this heritage.

“The name and concept behind He Puna Manawa marries the history and significance of the area with the future aspirations for the site.”

Those aspirations will soon be realised, with the transformation of He Puna Manawa progressing swiftly.

The customer service centre is expected to be open there on Monday, January 24, 2022, while the central library plans to open its new doors by the end of March.

Customer Services Manager Margaret Batchelar says the customer service centre will operate out of its current Willow Street site up until Friday, January 21.

“We are working hard behind the scenes so we can close our doors on the Friday, and open at He Puna Manawa the following Monday,” says Margaret.

“We expect there will be minimal disruption for the public while the relocation takes place.”

Libraries Manager Joanna Thomas says moving the library’s extensive collection of books and resources will mean the current premises will be closed from Sunday, February 20.

“We are working through what that will mean for the community and how people can continue to access and return items until we open at He Puna Manawa at the end of March.”

The joint council facilities are expected to be based at He Puna Manawa for the next four years.

Introducing the logo for He Puna Manawa

Supplied image.

Local artist and designer Quinton Bidois was engaged to design a logo that supports the name and concept of He Puna Manawa.

Quinton has whakapapa to mana whenua, as well as being a Senior lecturer in Toi Māori at Toi Ohomai.

The tohu (logo) utilises the calabash theme for correlation to the Spring Street sculpture. The three koru represent the three iwi of Tauranga Moana, and the notches represent people of the wider community.

They all culminate in the joining and combining of people and resources into the centre of the vessel.

The colours represent the merging of the moana and the whenua in Tauranga.

The words beside the logo translate to mean: ‘An oasis - a water spring, a spring of information, a spring of life.’

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Tom Ranger

Posted on 16-12-2021 15:26 | By

connect, share, learn, and access key council services,” says Anne. A hole in a wall would probably have sufficed re any council services. Probably would get the same thing.


Posted on 15-12-2021 19:23 | By

It’s becoming more and more disappointing to watch services that should be there to help everyone adopting Maori names. It’s not that I wish to disadvantage Maori in any way, but in my opinion instituting Maori names for all services suggests that 85% of the population isn’t welcome, if they can work out what the names represent. Why can’t we have a name that everyone can understand and identify with...?

Why the name change?

Posted on 15-12-2021 16:47 | By TheCameltoeKid

It’s the same with with the Council authorized vandalism of the Phoenix Carpark. The place of the circling birds. The only place I know with circling birds at the Mount is the Transfer Station. So more undemocratic decisions forced on us by unelected Commisioners!


Posted on 15-12-2021 16:12 | By Kancho

I will call it city Council on a good day and other names if not


Posted on 15-12-2021 15:00 | By jed

Does gift mean the name was given without any payment of some kind? I’d like to gift some names to Tauranga city, how do I go about this?

Gifting a name

Posted on 15-12-2021 12:57 | By Johnney

Can someone explain how a name can be gifted. Is there a copyright or ownership of names. I still haven’t a clue what the downtown Mount skateboard park is called.


Posted on 15-12-2021 11:44 | By morepork

... I don’t feel "honored" to be "gifted" this name, any more than I felt "honored" that it was called "The Goddard Centre"... Maybe that’s just me... A name is a name. I do think Mr. Bidois has done an excellent job on the logo, and I don’t mine being represented by a notch; at least there was acknowledgement that other people besides three iwi live here... From past experience with local government I think the word "korero", which has been translated as "information", would be better rendered as "conversation", the more usual meaning of this word and what usually happens when you request information or action from the Local administration.


Posted on 15-12-2021 10:21 | By

What is with all these long unpronouncable Maori names, it’s getting absolutely ridiculous. They mean nothing to the majority. Also what’s with the Maori ’gifting’ the names?