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Wanganui to be official with or without H

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New Zealand News | Thursday December 6 2012 12:40

Whanganui with an H or Wanganui without?

The government is moving to make sure it doesn't matter.

It has made two amendments to the Geographic Board Act that will provide better clarity and consistency around official place names.

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says it's to fix an anomaly that could have meant the Act was interpreted as requiring all alternative place names to be used in official documentation and publications.

From now, either name, or both, can be used.

The second amendment requires the Conservation Minister to notify the New Zealand Geographic Board if the name of a Crown protected area is discontinued.

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