Google has resolved to fix an online mapping anomaly that has resulted in scores of homes and businesses in the Matakana area having the words ‘Laly Haddon Place’ added to their address on Google Maps.
For example, if you search for Matakana Primary School on Google, its address on the Google Maps panel that appears reads 952 Matakana Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana 0985, and it is the same story for dozens of addresses both in the town and surrounding areas.
Laly Haddon Place itself is a recent residential development, off Tamahunga Drive in Matakana, named after popular Maori All Black, Ngati Wai Trust Board chairman and Pakiri resident Laly Haddon, who died in 2013. However, instead of the street name appearing in small black lettering along the route of the actual road on Google Maps, its appears in large brown capital letters over the general region, which appears to have affected address labelling across a wide area.
Several local residents have contacted Google in recent months, pointing out the problem, which has led to confusion and even people getting lost.
However, Mahurangi Matters recently contacted Google’s NZ and Australia media office, and it now appears that the issue may be in hand.
“We are aware of an inaccurate label showing up on Google Maps for some places in the area of Matakana,” a spokesman said. “We’re currently rolling out a fix and the correct information should be displayed shortly.”
The spokesman added that various types of data found in Google Maps came from a wide range of sources, including third-party providers, public sources and user contributions.
“Overall, this provides a very comprehensive and up-to-date map experience, but we recognise that there may be occasional inaccuracies that could arise from any of those sources. Users who see an error or missing place on Google Maps can use the ‘Report a Problem’ tool, found at the bottom right corner of the map.”