The Masterton passion for thematic naming showed up in the decision to name the block of streets created in the land between Memorial Park, Worksop Road and Herbert Street after native birds. This has led naturally to calling the block of land ‘the Bird Reserve,’ a name not universally appreciated by those who lived there. The name derives from Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, previously the Mount Bruce Bird Reserve. One resident of the area proposed that the ‘suburb’ be known as Homeleigh, taking the name of the Methodist Children’s Home in Herbert Street. The Council did not think that was necessary, so the area remains the Bird Reserve, or Bird Sanctuary.