2 April 2013
The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa last Thursday agreed to proceed to publicly consult on proposals to formally assign official alternative names to New Zealand’s two main islands.
This means that either the English name or the Māori name, or both names together could be used as official.
NZGB Chair Dr Don Grant says the move follows the receipt of a proposal to change the name ‘South Island’ to its original Māori name ‘Te Waipounamu’ and to consider the original Māori name of the North Island at the same time.
- Gazette notice - 4 April 2013
- Name proposal pages
- North Island
- Te Ika-a-Māui
- South Island
- Te Waipounamu