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Hard News: The Whankernui Factor

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  • David Ritchie,

    My thanks to Russell and the PA team, Matawhero wines and, of course, Guy Baldwin. Himself and Gary Davey were great faces for the force this year.

    Since Nov 2006 • 166 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Sokolich,

    Personally I liked the suggestion that we spell his name as 'Micael', after all it is a silent 'h' so why use it.

    Since Oct 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Sokolich,

    On the subject of Michael, can anyone tell me why Micheal Luck from the Warriors spells his name that way? Were his parents dyslexic or just trying to be 'different'?

    Since Oct 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Big ups for #8, which will surely have the unfamiliar scratching their heads.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    The correct spelling would be Mikal, surely?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Mikil

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Mkl

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    I think you'll find that Lhaws' first name is actually spelled "Beelzebub".

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Mikaere (no offence Mr Curtis)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Alan P,

    I'm sorry, but "Always blow on the pie" isn't a word. Therefore for me it was disqualified.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2009 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Alan P,

    I like Micael.
    It's the very incorrectness of it which makes it appropriate in this case.

    How bout making it REALLY obvious, and always referring to it as Micael Lhaws?

    I think you'll find that Lhaws' first name is actually spelled "Beelzebub".

    - LOL

    Auckland • Since Jun 2009 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Righto, so I shall now be calling that town Whanganui/Wanganui (pronounced Whanganui slash Wanganui), following in the path of Mt Taranaki/Egmont and Aoraki/Mt Cook.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Or maybe we could properly anglicise/bastardise 'wanganui', so the first syllable should be pronounced more well like /wang/ not /wong/. We should mangle the language, not mongle it. And it's wanker not not wonker...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    When it is changed to Whanganui does the other Whanganui have to revert to being Westhaven to avoid confusion?

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    This was a perfect opportunity to use regular expressions. I think

    Wh?anganui

    would return a hit for both options.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    So there was a splintering of the Lhaws vote that allowed Pie to sneak through to take the number one spot.

    If only the same thing would actually happen in Whanganui...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Public Servant on a tea-break.,

    I was really hoping for a good showing from Glibertarian.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2008 • 67 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    you still have time to change your name by deed poll and run against him in 9 months ....


    back in the day when I worked for a University, state servants got basically 2 weeks paid vacation if they ran for elected office, we had dreams of fielding 40 Rob Muldoons in Tamaki ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Should probably include this on the thread.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3175680/Compromise-over-h-in-Wanganui

    Well who would've guessed.......

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

  • Alan P,

    Mark, is there some reason your stuff news item link actually points to the lyrics for "Beds are Burning" by Midnight Oil?

    Auckland • Since Jun 2009 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Also, those are the old lyrics. Since Peter Garrett's election to the Federal Government, he prefers the version:
    "The time has come
    A fact's a fact
    It belongs to us
    And we're f...g keeping it"

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    It might be a rickroll

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report Reply

  • Max Call,

    Fruit Bowl of New Zealand… • Since Jun 2007 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Mark, is there some reason your stuff news item link actually points to the lyrics for "Beds are Burning" by Midnight Oil?

    Strange, I thought it linked to the song, is there no play button? Blocked in NZ surely not? I wanted to see if I could double link. It was Friday...and if you can play it, that'd be a rollrick.

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

  • mark taslov,

    in light of that failure, here's a good 'un.

    part1

    part2

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

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