The Horizons Regional Council will formally be known as the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council.
The name change took effect on Wednesday when the council’s long-term plan was adopted.
It was preceded by about 20 workshops, lots of debate and numerous public submissions, with the spelling of Wanganui/Whanganui one of the matters causing division. Adding the macron to Manawatū apparently prompted little comment.
When the matter came to a vote, Whanganui's Horizons councillor David Cotton was the only one to vote against the change. He said he personally favoured Whanganui, but was swayed by finding 208 submitters were against adding the "H", and only 104 were for it.
He said "How could I possibly vote to put it in when there was such a clear message from the community?"