24 Aug 2011

Nancy Wake honoured by Mangonui

6:53 am on 24 August 2011

World War II resistance heroine Nancy Wake may not have been honoured by the New Zealand government, but Mangonui in the Far North wants to name a street after her.

Ms Wake died on 7 August in a nursing home in London, aged 98.

She was the most-decorated service woman of the war, working with the French resistance.

Her great-grandmother was a Ngapuhi woman, Pourewa who was married to an Englishman by the missionary Henry Williams. As a child in the 1920's, Nancy stayed with her grandparents in Mangonui.

Te Hiku Community Board chair Denis Bowman says Ms Wake died just when the board was looking for names for a new subdivision and members voted unaminously for a street to be named after her.

He says the idea has to go to the Far North District Council for endorsement but he can't see their being any objection to a street being named after "such a fine lady".