Whuck it all, wy not just rename the place and call it Wankernui

December 19, 2009

Alf is all for renaming the city at the mouth of the Whanganui River. He would call it Wankernui, after its infamous loud-mouthed mayor.

His thinking is influenced by the carry-on of Mayor Michael Laws after TVNZ decided it would go with the “H”.

Laws condemned a TV One News editorial decision – announced during its primetime bulletin – that it would spell Wanganui as ”Whanganui” and pronounce it as “Faa-ganui” – as “anti-democratic, PC garbage”.

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Let the community decide

September 18, 2009

(as dictated to Mrs Grumble)

The boss of Local Government NZ is blessed with the sort of common sense Alf hopes to see shown by Lands Minister Maurice Williamson, when he decides how Wanganui should be spelled.

He issued a statement today headed Let the Wanganui people choose
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Hell’s Angels can go to the devil

July 28, 2009

It’s a bit rich when buggers like the Hells Angels complain about something being unlawful.

But that’s their latest stunt – they are invoking the Bill of Rights in support of their bid to block a bylaw that bans them from wearing their patches on the streets of Wanganui.

Among other arguments, they say they are a club, not a gang.
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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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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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