The Dim-Post

March 30, 2009

Quotes for the day

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 1:00 pm

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


  1. Why don’t Te Runanga o Tupoho just start using an “h” unilaterally? After all, imagine Laws face every time he saw it. (Not that I’m in favour of changing the name: I have no stake it so am not overly interested in it. Maybe they are still smarting over the egmont/Taranaki thing?)

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 30, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

  2. How about Te Runanga o Tupoho pay for all the expenses that will be incurred in making the change.

    Comment by Dave Strings — March 30, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

  3. I want to see Auckland renamed, because there are no Auks there

    Comment by kahikatea — March 30, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

  4. The Government will make an incentive scheme of this. Thousands of unemployed people will be given pens and paints, before being set loose on the streets of W(h)anganui to change all the signs.

    Comment by Paul Litterick — March 30, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

  5. Yes, but who will get the job of travelling the world changing all the maps and dictionaries ? ? ? ?

    Comment by Dave Strings — March 30, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

  6. Dave Strings wrote “Yes, but who will get the job of travelling the world changing all the maps and dictionaries ? ? ? ?”

    bags me

    and I want one of those ‘war on terror’ laws that means that people aren’t entitled to know if I’ve been in their house changing their atlas.

    Comment by kahikatea — March 30, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

  7. would destroy the culture and history of the city

    Yup, poor Wanganui will be forgotten to history (like Constantinople, or Sparta) and become an empty cultural wasteland like Mt Taranaki.

    Isn’t it funny how Laws’ opposition to the name change on the basis that it’s PC gone mad is actually even worse PC gone mad?

    Comment by gazzaj — March 30, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

  8. But let’s face it. A name is a name!

    Durham – where did that come from? London, and question about the ‘meaningfulness’ of that name? Auckland – does that have a meaning? Cities all over the world have names – simple things, known in the trade an proper nouns, just like Dave and Paul and Mark and Terry and Bill and Peter and Jesus and Mary and Joseph. They don’t mean anything, nor are they meant to! They are, like Wanganui, the combination of letters that are used to identify someone or thing.

    The basis for adding the h to Wanganui is that without it the word means nothing – that it erroneous and IMO STUPID.

    Comment by Dave Strings — March 31, 2009 @ 7:44 am

  9. Ken Mair told me once that, far from meaning nothing, Wanganui actually means “big wanker” (obviously a crude transliteration but he was playing for laughs). Anyway, that being the case it should stay as it is at least until the current mayor is sent packing.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — March 31, 2009 @ 8:05 am

  10. I liked the woman on the radio arguing that there should be no h because they’d ‘moved on from that’.

    … and presumably have built a new identity as a city christened by accident.

    Comment by lyndon — March 31, 2009 @ 9:40 am

  11. As a direct attack on the city, I presume Wanganui is now mobilising its armies for an attack on the Lambton Quay fortress of the Geographic Board?

    Comment by Gareth — March 31, 2009 @ 10:21 am

  12. SO because the word “doesn’t mean anything” for speakers of another language it has to be changed. WHy not just change its spelling in Maori maps and we are all happy?

    Comment by insider — March 31, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

  13. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh stop!

    I don’t want to pay for Maori Maps (and it would be ME, the Taxpayer – I sometimes wonder if there are any others out there- who would have to pay

    Comment by Dave Strings — March 31, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

  14. Presumably the Maori name for Wellington will also have to be changed. The Maori name for Wellington is Poneke (there is another one, but Poneke is the one the city council uses) and ‘Poneke’ is a corruption of the english ‘Port Nicholson’.

    Comment by kahikatea — March 31, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  15. The other one is Te Whanganui a Tara. Tara’s big harbour. About the same value as Port Nicholson, if you ask me.

    Comment by George Darroch — March 31, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

  16. The other one is Te Whanganui a Tara. Tara’s big harbour

    I seen bigger.

    Comment by danylmc — March 31, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

  17. Yes, when the ‘h’ is finally enforced, Wanganui residents will wake up to find their city has changed overnight and is unrecognisable to everyone who lives there.

    Or not.

    After all Mt Egmont was sublimely indifferent to also being called Mt Taranaki all those years ago.

    Although I do wonder if we could embed a camera into Laws’s forehead so we can see what Pluto’s surface is like the next time he has one of his frequent and completely off-the-planet rants.

    Comment by NakiGirl — March 31, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

  18. Black Power and the mongeral Mob should add “Whanganui Chapter” to their patches, just to annoy.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 31, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

  19. once this whanga started, I got unemployed, and lost my white mates

    Comment by allan — December 22, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

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