I suppose this blog could become Omepaddock in a gesture of solidarity but I’m more in sympathy with Monkeywith Typewriter who says it’s all in the head.
I also think Kerre Woodham makes a good point when she says:
The “h” in Michael isn’t pronounced either, but it would look jolly funny spelled Micael.
Language is a fluid thing. Regardless of what is decided officially, time and use will be the ultimate arbiters of whether its Whanganui or Wanganui.
Besides, it’s an h of a thing to be getting het up about when there are so many more important things needing urgent attention.
Update: Scrubone has a poll Wanganui – lend me your H’s (in which a pedant might point out there’s a stray apostrophe).