17 Dec 2012

Public votes to settle school name argument

8:14 pm on 17 December 2012

More than 200 people have cast votes to settle a Bay of Plenty community row over the naming of a school.

Some residents of Murupara have objected to a new area kura being called Te Awatea o Murupara.

The chair of the establishment board of trustees, Jacob Te Kurapa, says the ballot boxes closed on Saturday and a public announcement will be made on Tuesday evening.

He says there was a flood of votes at the last minute.

Mr Te Kurapa says the selected name for the school is currently written down in a sealed envelope and held by a Justice of the Peace.