The survey – made public yesterday by research company UMR – found 62 per cent of respondents from around the country wanted Wanganui to stay the way it was. Only 25 per cent of 750 surveyed supported a change to Whanganui, while 13 per cent were undecided.
iPredict has also launched stocks on whether the Minister will go with the recommendation of the NZ Geographic Board. They have four stocks:
- Whanganui is at 80.2c, indicating a clear market belief that the Minister will not second guess the Geographic Board.
- Wanganui is at 6.9c
- An option of Whanganui/Wanganui (ie both) is on 5.1c
- Some other option is on 8.3c
I expect the Minister to follow the recommendation. I think the job of the Minister is to check the Board followed correct process, consulted widely, and considered all relevant issues. I don’t think it is their job to substitute their personal whim or preference for the Board’s.