Wikipedia is right up with the play as the Geographic Board gives us new place names

April 2, 2013

Whoever does the updating at Wikipedia doesn’t bugger around.

Mrs Grumble – undertaking some research for Alf today – was astonished to find Wikipedia (see here) already knew about the New Zealand Geographic Board’s announcement that it would seek the public’s input before making official changes to the names of the North and South Island. The Wikipedia citation steered her to a TV3 report here.

One aspect of the news is that the North and South Islands – which have been called exactly that for as long as Alf can remember – are not official names.

So the Geographic Board is going about a process that will make them official, which looks suspiciously like an exercise in keeping bureaucrats in jobs.

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