Whanganui or Wanganui

Minister to assign alternative names to Wanganui City

Read a statement from the New Zealand Geographic Board here.

Status

  • 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.

Reports

For more information see:

Consultation

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

  • Submissions supporting the proposed change from Wanganui to Whanganui
  • Submissions objecting to the proposed change from Wanganui to Whanganui
  • Neutral submissions.