King country town Benneydale gets new name - Maniaiti/Benneydale

Benneydale sign.
Benneydale sign. Photo credit: Google Maps

Māori place names have been restored to the small central North Island town of Benneydale.

Benneydale has been changed to a dual name 'Maniaiti/Benneydale'.

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage said it will bring to light the history of the area.

"I am pleased to restore official place names which bring to light our history for everyone to celebrate and enjoy," she told Stuff.

RNZ visited the King Country town in March and reported being unable to find a single person in favour of the name change.

The change was backed by the local iwi, Maniopoto. 

The main trunk railway between Te Awamutu and Taumarunui is now called Te Ara-o-Turongo.