British place names have a fascinating history and the Tauranga City Library holds a few items that
would assist the researcher.

Books: Reference (non-lending)
914.2003 CAM The Cambridge dictionary of English place names
941 ROO Dictionary of place-names in the British Isles Room, Adrian

Books: New Zealand Room (non-lending)
914.1 MIL Dictionary of British place-names Mills, A.D.
914.1 ROD A concise dictionary of modern place-names in Great Britain and Ireland Room, Adrian