The name of Hope Street was also planned to undergo changes in the 1878 proposals. This short street ran along the banks of the southern arm of the Waipoua River before the river was diverted, and contained the Government’s immigration cottages. These were used to house new migrants until they had time to establish themselves, hence Hope Street. It was proposed to alter the name to Normanby Street, but the motion was lost. For some time the end of Hope Street nearest Villa Street was called Brown Street.
Pic: 1 Hope Street