She fears being mocked and teased, and in that she has a greater level of insight than either of her parents." Talula is from the city of New Plymouth, on the North Island.The judge said the problem appeared to be particularly prevalent in that area. One can only wonder how the parents of one unfortunate girl in New Zealand came up with... When her parents split and launched a custody battle, it came to the attention of a judge, who ordered her to be made a ward of court until her name was changed. She refused to tell anyone, even her close friends, her name.Some children had been named after six-cylinder Ford cars, while he had recently come across a woman who wanted to call her daughter "O.crnia", using text language, but was persuaded to switch to Oceania.Judge Murfitt said that family court judges around New Zealand were "dismayed by the eccentricity of names" that parents were giving their children.Apart from the social aspect, it could present problems when they registered for an exam, or applied for a passport or driving licence.
Among those that had been approved by birth registration officials were Number 16 Bush Shelter, Midnight Chardonnay, and Benson and Hedges (for twins). The judge, Robert Murfitt, expressed horror at a recent trend in New Zealand for giving children unusual names.In a written ruling, Judge Murfitt declared: "The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgement which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name.It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and a handicap, unnecessarily.
While the goal of selecting a unique name could not be criticised, he said, "these parents have failed in exercising the first and important task of parenthood".Naming a child was not "a time to be frivolous or to create a hurdle for their child's future life".