Number 16 Bus Shelter
Monday, April 2, 2012 7:29:26 AM
New Zealand law does not allow names that would cause offence to a reasonable person, among other conditions. Your name is not allowed to be more than 100 characters long. And you're not allowed to use an undeserved title as a name. That means you can't call your little bundle of joy Baron, Bishop, Duke, General, Judge, Justice, King, Knight or Mr.
Other names that have been turned down are Messiah, 89, Mafia, No Fear, V8 and the single letters, C, D, I and T, although Q and J were accepted after being queried.
It appears to be a new hard line for the agency that made headlines around the world in 2008 when it was revealed that it had approved a raft of strange monikers, among them "Benson" and "Hedges" (for twins named after the cigarette brand), and "Violence", "Chardonnay" and "Number 16 Bus Shelter", all for boys. Why anybody would call their newborn son "Number 16 Bus Shelter" remains a mystery! Imagine calling him in for dinner!
One little girl was so traumatised by her name, "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii", that she had it legally changed at age nine.
At the time, in 2008, the authority tried to defend it's lax approach by pointing out it had rejected names including "Fish and Chips", "Yeah Detroit", "Sex Fruit", "Stallion" and "Twisty Poi", the last is a performance art (and the equipment used in it), originating with the Māori people of NZ..
Some how "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii" just slipped through, as did Megatron, the name a 22-year-old student officially applied for after apparently taking too many drugs.
The most common and allowed names in New Zealand are Liam and Ruby.