About the New Zealand Geographic Board

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The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) assigns, approves, alters or discontinues the use of names for geographic features (eg place names), undersea features and Crown protected areas in New Zealand, its offshore islands and its continental shelf and the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.

NZGB Annual Report

Annual Reports as presented to the Minister for Land Information, as required by section 14 of the New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008. more...

NZGB legislation

The NZGB is a statutory body of government operating under the New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008 and reporting to the Minister for Land Information. Explore the differences between the 1946 and the 2008 legislation which governs the NZGB, including the process of review leading to the new 2008 Act. more…

NZGB members

Find out who is on the NZGB and the nomination process. The NZGB secretariat is located within LINZ and provides the NZGB with administrative support, research assistance and advice. more...

NZGB functions & jurisdiction

Learn about which features the NZGB can name, plus details about its functions and jurisdiction. more...

NZGB naming rules, criteria, standards, guidelines & policies

The NZGB weighs the information, evidence and views on name proposals and submissions against these rules, criteria, standards, guidelines and policies. more...

International cooperation

Discover how the NZGB cooperates internationally with place-naming bodies for the Antarctic and undersea features, as well as learning about other regional and global authorities. more...

Maps & publications

Download maps and find books on Māori place names published by the NZGB, which also include the history of place naming in New Zealand. more...

History of the NZGB

Learn about the creation of the NZGB in 1946 and how the naming authority has evolved. more...

NZGB news

Read the latest news and decisions from the NZGB. more...

Contact the NZGB

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