Whanganui or Wanganui


Minister to assign alternative names to Wanganui City

Read a statement from the New Zealand Geographic Board here.


  • Originally proposed as a spelling alteration from Wanganui (recorded name), but the Minister's final determination is to assign alternative names, with both Whanganui and Wanganui being official. 
  • The original proposal was published in the New Zealand Gazette on 14 May 2009 and in newspapers following that date. 
  • The Minister's final determination was published in the New Zealand Gazette on 13 December 2012 and in newspapers following that date.

Description & location

Situated at the mouth of the Whanganui River, NZTopo50 BL32, centred at GR 733 777.


Read the 12 October 2009 Report to the Minister for Land Information on the ‘Wanganui’ to ‘Whanganui’ name change proposal (pdf 191KB). An HTML version of the report is also available.

Read the Whanganui Summary Report (pdf 226KB) considered by the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) at its meeting on 16 September 2009.

For more information see:


The consultation period closed 5pm 17 August 2009. The submissions received have been summarised into three documents:


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