Lyall Bay Local History
Lyall Bay is a largely flat suburb and bay in the southern part of Wellington city. The bay was originally a large semi-circular shape but a large portion was reclaimed for Wellington Airport. The suburb was named Maranui in 1896 by HD Crawford when he put over 80 sections up for sale. At this time the area was mostly "slightly undulating" sand dunes with very little development. Crawford also named many of the streets and other features in the area, including Onepu Road ('heap of sand') and Apu Crescent ('squall' or 'gust').
Sources:Streets of my city by F Irvine-Smith.
Article from Evening Post, 3 Oct 1896.