Radio NZ hacks go looking for Maori names on births list and – oh dear – see what they found!

January 6, 2015
Sorry, we can't call him Alf...the regulations require he be given a Maori name...

Sorry, we can’t call him Alf…the regulations demand he be called Hone..

Dunno if we are supposed to feel guilty.

But the precious prats at Radio NZ, who relish showing off their Te Reo to an audience comprising many listeners with no inkling of what they are saying, now seems to be rebuking Kiwis for not thinking about indigenous options when they name their kids.

A news item today is headed “Parents overlook Maori names”.

More likely, parents didn’t overlook these names but preferred non-Maori names.

The news item kicks off with a chiding tone:

Maori names are noticeably absent from the top 100 baby names for 2014 with Anglo-Saxon and biblical names proving most popular.


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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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Geographic Board’s myth-take with a fish tale

April 23, 2009

Bugger me. Alf was bracing himself to take a ping at the idea of the North Island being known as Te Ika a Maui.

This – he believed – would give dubious credence to a tale about some legendary bloke called Maui fishing up the North Island. It’s the stuff of mythology, not maps.

But Maori leader and academic David Rankin is criticising the Geographic Board, too, for considering changing the name of the North Island to Te Ika a Maui.
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So how many other bastard cities are there?

March 30, 2009

It’s Whanganui with an “h”, says the Geographic Board.

But the icing on the cake for local Maori and their gaggle of PC-besotted supporters is that Wanganui doesn’t exist. Not legitimately.

It’s a bastard city, you could say.

Given the board’s dubious composition and its running orders, of course, the great majority of the people of the city never stood a chance.
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To h or not to h

March 30, 2009

Alf is keeping an eye out for news from the New Zealand Geographic Board, a curiously composed outfit that will decide today whether Wanganui should have the letter “h” added to its name.

More important, he is keen to learn whether fewer than 10 people can over-rule the preference (no “h”) of the vast majority of the people of the city.

By the end of the day, there’s a fair chance we will be hearing one of those wonderful bursts of utter outrage from Mayor Laws. Maybe a tantrum, too.
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Got a naming dispute? Give it to a mountaineer

March 16, 2009

A superbug is taking hold of our community, higher electricity prices are on the cards – and in Auckland, two groups are wrangling over the name of a railway station.

One of two lobbies inevitably will be disappointed by the outcome. The common-sense solution, therefore, is to toss a coin.

But no, the bloody-minded Aucklanders have become party to a procedure that will consume time and resources before we are told from on high if the bloody railway station should be called Khyber Pass or Grafton.
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Discounting the majority viewpoint

February 25, 2009

Forget about a good old-fashioned democratic vote by the citizens. A board that seems to have a strong weighting of Maori (at least on a population basis), and whose members are nominated by mountaineers, geographers, politicians and Ngai Tahu, will decide if Wanganui remains Wanganui or becomes Whanganui.

Local Maori are pushing for the change.

But a 2006 referendum found more than 80 per cent of residents preferred no change

Mayor Michael Laws is siding with the vast majority of his citizens.
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