Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve
– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Mayor Michael Laws says a move to add an “h” to the spelling of Wanganui would destroy the culture and history of the city.
Earlier today the New Zealand Geographic Board released its finding that Wanganui should have an “h”.
In a statement, the board said the public would be given three months to make submissions on the proposed name change.
Te Runanga o Tupoho had submitted a proposal to the board to change the city’s name to Whanganui, with Iwi spokesman Ken Mair saying the name was considered meaningless without the ”h”.
Mr Laws today slammed the Board’s decision.
”This is a direct attack upon our city and our citizens.”
– Wanganui spelling change slammed. Dominion Post, Monday 30th March 2009