Dunedin city councillor Hilary Calvert wants Logan Park Dr renamed in honour of South Dunedin-born test cricket captain Brendon McCullum, who became the first New Zealand batsman to score a test triple century last month. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A straight drive leading to the home of Otago cricket could
be renamed in honour of one of its finest exponents.
The switch - if approved - would see Logan Park Dr renamed
Brendon McCullum Dr, in honour of the South Dunedin-born
Black Caps captain becoming the first New Zealander to score
a triple century in a test.
The idea has been promoted by Dunedin city councillor Hilary
Calvert, a self-confessed cricketing novice who said she
wanted to go in to bat for one of the city's sporting
McCullum had responded enthusiastically to her initial
approach, saying in an email from Bangladesh any change
''would be an honour'', Cr Calvert said.
She had asked Dunedin City Council staff to investigate the
feasibility of the idea and report to councillors later in
Public consultation would also be required before councillors
voted on accepting any change.
The move comes after McCullum last month scored 302 in the
second innings of the second test against India at the Basin
Reserve in Wellington.
In doing so, he beat the mark of 299 set by former New
Zealand captain Martin Crowe against Sri Lanka at the same
ground, during the summer of 1990-91.
Since then, Dunedin's Logan Park Dr has become a well-trodden
route for cricket fans and players alike, following the
switch from Carisbrook to the University Oval as the city's
Cr Calvert said she wanted to encourage children, in
particular, to look up to McCullum as an example of what one
of ''our sons'' could achieve on the international stage with
''We need particularly to encourage people to feel that,
wherever you come from, however humble your place of origin
or whatever, that you can do it.
''For [McCullum] to achieve that, he's had to keep going and
do something that doesn't just come to everybody. It's a
special sort of achievement.''
Asked if she was jumping the gun, given McCullum was still
playing, Cr Calvert said it was important for children to see
their heroes honoured in such a way.
Council staff had suggested renaming a road to honour an
individual was something usually only contemplated after the
person's death, ''but I think that's a big price for Brendon
to pay'', Cr Calvert said.
Council acting information solutions manager Rob Garrett said
the council's policy allowed for roads to be named in
recognition of an individual's service.
It made no mention of whether the person should be ''down the
track, as it were'' before being honoured, but there were
precedents for such a move elsewhere, he said.
A section of State Highway 88 had most recently been renamed
Sir John Thorn Dr in 2009, in honour of the long-serving
former mayor of Port Chalmers, but only after his death.
Councillors would first have to decide whether the idea
proceeded to public consultation, including submissions and
possibly a hearing, before they had a final say on any
recommendations that resulted.