Council looks at adding macron
Manawatu¯ District Council’s official name does not have a macron above the u in Manawatu¯ . This is because when the council was formed in 1989 its official name was Manawatu District Council. However, it is investigating how to go about adding the macron to the official name, council spokesman Ben Caldwell said. The council would then gradually introduce the macron into its branding, such as its logo. The council does use the macron for its Facebook page, on its website, in media releases and email sign-offs, among other documents. Using a macron (tohuto¯) provides the meaning of a name and assists with pronunciation as it marks long vowels.