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Hard News: The Whankernui Factor

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  • Yamis,

    Having studied the results of the poll carefully I have concluded that you are all whuckin waynka's.

    Since Nov 2006 • 903 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Simon J Taylor,

    "why Micheal Luck from the Warriors spells his name that way?"

    I believe that Micheal is a Gaelic version of the name.

    Mt Eden, Akl • Since May 2009 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • pollywog,

    Who gives a WHAKA 'bout the H ?

    somewhere else • Since Dec 2009 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Hmm - "Blow on your pie" hasn't made Know your meme

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2623 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Prsnly I thnk it shld be splt ''**Pdntry**''. Tks Rusl,

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    "Anyone that comes and starts pronouncing 'Wanganui' as 'WHanganui' is in a serious lot of bother, and you will get hell raining on you from both houses." TV3 Link.

    Really Michael?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Personally I would have liked the whole (wole?) thing to have been left to History as one of those anachronisms.
    "Grandad, why does the river have a different spelling to the town?"
    "Well boy, that is an interesting story"
    Rather than just another divisive load of bollocks because, no disrespect to anybody, when a culture has no written language the argument is, purely, academic, surely?.
    Since when was the English language phonetic?.

    <ducks for cover, again>

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    "Phonetic" is not even phonetic. Wanganui and Whanganui are like Thomson and Thompson. Take them seriously and you won't get them. To be precise, getting serious, you can't take them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    I'm malicious enough to hope the mayor of Whanganui has apoplexy every time her hears RNZ and TVNZ pronounce the town Farnganui.

    BUT is it right to do so? Isn't the h meant to be silent in that part of the world? (While we up here in Whangarei do the F thing. We haven't been here long but we already talk of going home to Fangers.)

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Being from WHakatane, I can't get particularly excited. The lazy always screwed it up, or some might have done so for 'sub-cultural' effect I suppose, but we didn't 'rain down' any hell on them.

    Oh ye wicked sinners...
    “Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup” (Psalm 11:6)

    What you want in a Mayor is a balanced sense of perspective and rational response to issues of public import.

    Hey *HWanganui, happy much?

    (*I'm searching, unsuccessfully, for phonetic integrity) ;-)

    Footnote; and this news item from 2008 was just bloody funny.
    Whakatane NSFW

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Ben McNicoll,

    Off topic: Does anyone have any thoughts on this
    Matt McCarten opinion piece in The Herald that suggests the next supercity bill will have a provision for landlords to have an extra vote for each property they own?

    It seems almost unbelievable, but the implications are chilling if the article is factually correct.

    Grey Lynn • Since May 2007 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    That's a fantastic link - I was born in Whakatane - we would NEVER have considered the real pronunciation back in the 50s but now it's common it seems perfectly natural (while I still struggle with Toepaw)

    Love your biblical quote too - raining down hell sounds as if the mayor thinks the town is HIS.

    And while we're on this, how can he call the Geographic Board PC????? I mean, they're the experts - not him. Is he a global warming denier too??

    Sun is coming out her in WHangarei so I'm off this damn computer for the rest of the day...

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    To be precise, getting serious, you can't take them.

    I can take them, you mark my words, I know Karachi you know. Chop them down with the edge of my hand.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    If McCarten is correct than it does make me wonder why Labour hasn't made a huge deal out of this.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Off topic: Does anyone have any thoughts on this

    Yes.
    Indeed I do

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Hide believes that democracy would be better served if the number of votes you are able to place is related to how much property that you own (even if it is mortgaged to 110% of its value or if you've owned it for 4 weeks at the time of an election). This serves to illuminate his stance on most things. The undeserving poor - they shouldn't be trusted and it's their fault.
    Dickensian thinking that will result in revolt...

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 371 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Dickensian thinking that will result in revolt...

    Worse than that. It's feudalism with smartphones.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    It's feudalism with smartphones.

    Pages with pagers? Serfs who surf (the Web)?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    BlackDeathBerry? (Fear not, I shall fetch mine own coat forthwith)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    King Key... it's sort of "kinky" to even think of something so appalling.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 371 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    ...or kingky as it were

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 371 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Pages with pagers?

    What's a 'pager'? :)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    How about the Sheriff of Epsom?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Rodney King... enough to spark an LA riot
    King Rodney... Epsom dwellers don't do riots unfortunately.
    I can't believe that anyone New Zealander would be so backwards as to disenfranchise the poor. I wonder if they are building more prisons and discussing double-bunking in anticipation of a backlash. Why is Matt McCarten the only voice here? Do some of the Labour political hierachy agree with Hide?

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 371 posts Report Reply

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