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My mother was born there (or in the nearby larger town Hawera) on 27 September 1916 while her father was Engineer at the freezing works, decades before it closed. Robin Patterson 03:26, 30 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Macron? (Pātea or Patea)[edit]

I'm not sure of correct name here when reading policy at Wikipedia:Naming conventions (New Zealand). It is gazetted as Pātea [1] but this is not official. The Pātea River that flows through the town also has the macron and is the official name in the gazette. A quick search suggested most recent news articles are using the macron. To move or not to move?ShakyIsles (talk) 20:46, 4 November 2021 (UTC)

I've submitted this to the technical requests as it needs an admin. Macrons tend to be uncontroversial. Pātea seems to be the correct spelling so we should just go ahead and move it. --Spekkios (talk) 21:46, 4 November 2021 (UTC)

Requested move 5 November 2021[edit]

PateaPātea – Spelling (adding macron). Spekkios (talk) 21:48, 4 November 2021 (UTC) — Relisting. VR talk 02:30, 24 November 2021 (UTC)

This is a contested technical request (permalink).  — Amakuru (talk) 17:46, 5 November 2021 (UTC)
  • Maybe I misread the talk page comments, but doesn't this say that the Gazetting is not official? The linked policy says "Do not take guidance from the New Zealand Gazetteer if the entry is labelled as "not official" " so it seems like there should be an argument based on common name in favor of a move. SnowFire (talk) 05:03, 5 November 2021 (UTC)
    • Yes, that what I was trying to say. More recent new articles seem to be using Pātea more frequently that without the macron so I'd tend towards Pātea being the common name. Also WP:WIAN and WP:MODERNPLACENAME point towards Pātea. ShakyIsles (talk) 22:09, 5 November 2021 (UTC)
  • Perhaps it would be useful to provide evidence for/against this having become the common name? BilledMammal (talk) 05:23, 8 November 2021 (UTC)
  • Support the names of several nearby geographic features use the macron in their official names (eg. Pātea Dam, Pātea Bank, Pātea River) and the unofficial gazetted name is also recorded as having a macron. Seems like what should be an uncontroversial move. Turnagra (talk) 09:24, 8 November 2021 (UTC)
  • Oppose, for the moment. Being a non-official name we need to determine what the common name is, and so since nobody seemed interesting in looking for sources I had a quick look, limiting my search to the past month. There, we see some sources using the names interchangeably (Stuff 12 and NZ Herald 12), while some sources continue to not use the macron at all (RNZ, Newsroom). In a year or two it would be worth having another RM, as there does seem to be a trend towards its use, but for the moment this is WP:TOOSOON BilledMammal (talk) 11:56, 10 November 2021 (UTC)
Support as per WP:WIAN and WP:MODERNPLACENAME. Pātea is gaining traction and is correct Maori spelling. ShakyIsles (talk) 00:50, 11 November 2021 (UTC)
  • WP:MODERNPLACENAME states that "Per Wikipedia's naming policy, our choice of name does not automatically follow the official or local form, but depends on that change having become predominant in common global usage", while WP:WIAN provides a list of sources that can be useful in doing this. Neither are a reason to move without this evidence, and so can we please have some evidence? If the results my search turned up differ from reality, then I would be happy to change my !vote. BilledMammal (talk) 01:15, 11 November 2021 (UTC)
  • Oppose per BilledMammal. The evidence says it's too soon to add a macron, as reliable sources aren't generally doing so.  — Amakuru (talk) 22:25, 15 November 2021 (UTC)
  • Oppose - per BilledMammal. This is neither a case of a Maori name that has been gazetted officially with a specific Maori spelling, nor a case where the Maori name with macron has been shown to the common name in NZ English. FOARP (talk) 10:53, 16 November 2021 (UTC)
    It is a specific Maori spelling that is in the gazetter (just not 'official"). Pātea is official in the name of other locations that directly reference the town name (Pātea Dam, Pātea Bank, Pātea River). Pātea means "unencumbered, freed from burdens" [2]. The name is derived from, Pātea-nui-a-Turi meaning "where Turi laid down his burdens" [3]. ShakyIsles (talk) 22:31, 20 November 2021 (UTC)