In the article's inset, there is discussion about the origin of the name Cuba Street: "Wellington's Cuba St was named not after the country, but after an early settler ship, the Cuba. In the early 2000s Cuba took off as a name in Wellington. The 'Cuba quarter' in Wellington has had cafés or bars named Fidels, Havana, Che, Cubita and Buena Vista Social Club, and there's a Havana coffee works. These contribute to the hip, alternative, 'Cuban' image of the quarter."
Malcolm McKinnon. 'Place names - Colonial naming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Mar-09