From: Richard Phelps
Sent: Wednesday, 29 April 2009 12:10 PM
Subject: renaming the islands - opinion
Both islands are part of NEW ZEALAND.
They are not independent as states, so shouldn't be treated or viewed as anything but WHOLE... they are a part of each other.
Think of the origins of an "Island". Banks Peninsula was originally thought to be an Island and Stewart Island was originally thought to be part of the mainland (reference: http://www.linz.govt.nz/placenames/about-geographic-board/nzgb-news-notices/2009/0421-historic-maps-and-charts-examples/nz-cook-1770.jpg), yet both of these errors were fixed. Waiheke is an Island, Great Barrier and the Chathams are all islands. They are islands OF New Zealand (the mainland).
IMHO, this proposal is effectively splitting New Zealand into two, when it is actually one.
From: Customer SupportI ain't waiting until 2010 (next year) for the opportunity to express my opinion. I've already posted my comment at Stuff.co.nz (comment #47).
Sent: Wednesday, 29 April 2009 1:21 PM
To: Richard Phelps
Subject: RE: renaming the islands - opinion
Thank you for your email in regards to the recent announcement about the New Zealand Geographic Board’s consideration of North and South Island names, which has been noted.
This matter is not currently at the public consultation stage.
The Board is an external independent statutory body of government and is responsible for managing the process.
For further information on place naming, please view the following link http://www.linz.govt.nz/placenames/index.aspx