Borrie descendant wants road name corrected

For years, descendants of Donald Borrie have talked about correcting the name of Barrie Rd, and...
For years, descendants of Donald Borrie have talked about correcting the name of Barrie Rd, and Pat Robertson has decided the Waitaki District Council's annual plan consultation is a good time to get the task off her bucket list. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN
Pat Robertson believes it is time for a change.

At the Waitaki District Council's annual plan community forums this month, Mrs Robertson, of Hilderthorpe, requested that the name of Barrie Rd, south of Papakaio off State Highway 83, be changed to Borrie Rd.

It was a change that had been discussed by descendants of one of the Papakaio Plains' original settlers for many years, she said.

``But ... nobody did anything about it.''

Barrie Rd borders what was once Mrs Robertson's great-grandfather Donald Borrie's farm.

Mrs Robertson recalled being made to ``endure'' Sunday drives with her parents when they went to check progress of the building of the Benmore dam in the late 1950s.

``My father said constantly that road should be Borrie Rd,'' she said.

``It's been wrong for a long time.''

The Otago Daily Times reported in 2010 that in 1928, the Borrie family sold its 1880 homestead Willow Park to Archibald and Jessie Hurst.

Mr Hurst's grandson Ian Hurst later took possession of the house and along with his wife Gloria in the 1990s restored it as well as the neighbouring limestone cottage Mr Borrie built in 1865.

In Mr Borrie's 1921 obituary in the Oamaru Mail he was noted as a member of the ``old'' Papakaio Road Board. He replaced T.Y. Duncan as the Papakaio Riding representative on the Waitaki County Council and served as chairman of the Papakaio School Committee. He also served as chairman of the Otago Education Board and the Waitaki High School Board and was ``instrumental'' in the selection of Waitaki Boys' High School's first rector, Dr John H. Don. He was also one of the school commissioners for Otago-Southland, served on the Oamaru Licensing Committee and was one of the founders of the Papakaio Presbyterian Church.

``Ostentation was abhorrent to him, and for that reason the public were kept in ignorance of his benefactions,'' the Oamaru Mail reported at the time of his death.

``For very many things that he did the public are indebted, and of him it may be said that he has left behind him a clean record and his name written large upon the history of North Otago.''

T.Y. Duncan Rd joins State Highway 1 north of Oamaru, but it appeared that someone at some point had made ``a spelling mistake'' in the road named after Mr Borrie.

Council spokeswoman Alena Lynch said the council was ``in the process of formalising'' a policy for when requests to change the name of a road were made, and at present requests were dealt with ``ad hoc''.

``Requests are managed by our planning team and there's a number of things to consider for the renaming of an existing street, including any historical significance and the majority of people living on the street agreeing to the name change. We must also avoid duplication of street names throughout the district. Council, through the customer services committee, will consider the proposal and make the final decision.''

If the decision was made to change the road name, various organisations would be informed, including Land Information New Zealand, NZ Post, emergency services, the Registrar-general of Land and the Surveyor-general.

The council would also install road signs and update its internal records and maps.

Add a Comment