Appendix A - Options considered by the Board with associated effects

Board's analysis of objection and support

This is one section of the the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa proposal to alter ‘Wanganui’ to ‘Whanganui’: Summary of Submissions and the Board’s Decision. See the full list of sections. A pdf version of this report (pdf 191KB) is also available.

12 October 2009 Report to the Minister for Land Information on the ‘Wanganui’ to ‘Whanganui’ name change proposal (PDF 192 KB)

 OptionsPermitted/ Required Names in Official documentsLikely Depiction
on LINZ Maps
& Databases
Names not Permitted in Official DocumentsImpact on Agencies, Businesses & Community
1Status Quo. The proposal rejected and the current name left with the status of recorded name."Wanganui" OR
"Whanganui" OR
(any other name)"
"Wanganui" No compliance costs. LINZ maps and databases would probably continue using Wanganui as the status quo. Some agencies or businesses may change over time as a result of being informed by the debate.

1a

A variation to option 1 - the proposal rejected but the Board decides to review at some future date (e.g. 5 – 10 years ahead or 2015 after Treaty Settlements completed)."Wanganu" OR
"Whanganui" OR
(any other name)
"Wanganui" No compliance costs. LINZ maps and databases would probably continue using Wanganui as the status quo. Some agencies or businesses may change over time as a result of being informed by the debate.
2The proposal rejected and the current name made official."Wanganui"Wanganui""Whanganui" AND
(any other name)
No compliance costs. This will make the use of "Whanganui" in official documents (including those for tourists) contrary to the Act (unless referring to the river and region). No change to the name on LINZ maps and in databases.
3The proposal accepted."Whanganui""Whanganui""Wanganui" AND
(any other name)
Significant compliance costs. WDC and government agencies would be expected to comply in all new publications. LINZ databases would change immediately and maps would change on re-publication. Businesses are not required to change their names but those in the tourist sector would need to update their publications and brochures before the next publication.
3aThe proposal accepted but the gazette expressly allows a specified period of (say) several years of transition so as to reduce compliance costs."Whanganui" OR
"Wanganui" (for x years)
"Whanganui"(any other name)Minimal (deferred) compliance costs covered by on-going maintenance and re-printing. WDC and government agencies required to change to the new spelling over time. LINZ databases would probably change immediately and maps would change on re-publication. Businesses are not required to change their names but those in the tourist sector would need to update their publications and brochures when re-printing within the timeframe.
4Dual names."Wanganui / Whanganui"
(or reverse order?)
"Wanganui / Whanganui"
(or reverse order?)
"Wanganui" AND
"Whanganui" AND
(any other name)
Significant compliance costs. WDC and government agencies required to change to the new longer dual name. LINZ databases would change immediately and maps would change on re-publication. Businesses are not required to change their names but those in the tourist sector would need to update their publications and brochures.
5Alternative names. Both the existing and new names can be retained and made official with the gazette expressly providing for either name to be used individually or together in official documents."Wanganui" OR
"Whanganui" OR
"Wanganui / Whanganui"
"Wanganui / Whanganui" (or reverse order?)(any other name)Minimal compliance costs except LINZ databases would probably change to the dual form immediately and maps would probably change on re-publication. Some agencies or businesses may change over time as a result of being informed by the debate.
5aThe gazette would permit the name to be written in alternative forms such as specified permitted abbreviations or spelling."Wanganui" OR
"Whanganui"
"Wanganui"?(any other name)No compliance costs. LINZ maps and databases would continue to show the current name as the status quo. Some agencies or businesses may change over time as a result of being informed by the debate.
6Other names have been suggested during public consultation and the Board is required to make a decision on them."Petrie" (sic) OR "Petre" OR "Wanganui / Whanganui" OR "Lawsland" OR "Fonganui" OR "The River City" OR "Waenganui""Petrie" (sic) OR "Petre" OR "Wanganui / Whanganui" OR "Lawsland" OR "Fonganui" OR "The River City" OR "Waenganui""Wanganui" AND
"Whanganui" AND
(any other name)

"The suggestion of ""Wanganui/Whanganui"" is considered above under options 4 and 5.

For the other suggestions there would be considerable compliance costs, confusion and disruption