Consonant clash

The New Zealand Geographic Board has announced the River City, Wanganui should be spelled Whanganui, after considering an application by Whanganui iwi, Te Runanga o Tupoho. This single letter has raised the ire of the city and divided the nation as it has moved from an innocuous spelling debate into a divisive issue at the heart of New Zealand race relations. Though it’s no Bombay to Mumbai, the local Maori tribe, which formally proposed the change, says it’s important to right a historic wrong made when the name was incorrectly recorded by 19th-century white settlers.


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RBNZ Turning Heads Around the Globe

RBNZ Turning Heads Around the Globe

“New Zealand is tiny by economic standards, but it’s a giant in central banking circles,” Forbes senior contributor William Pesek writes. “While working in Washington in the mid-to-late 1990s, I was…