Recent NZGB Decisions

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The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) meets regularly to assign, approve, alter, discontinue, approve, or validate 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.

All decisions are published in the New Zealand Gazette. You can search NZGB Gazetted Notices online  at the Department of Internal Affairs website for determinations since 1993. The NZGB Gazetteer can also be searched for all official names.

NZGB place name determinations

  • 13 March 2014 (Official CPA)
  • 6 March 2014 (Official NZ, Official CPA)
  • 12 December 2013 (Minister's Determiniations, Offical NZ)
  • 14 November 2013 (Proposals, Approved, Discontinued, Undersea)
  • 17 October 2013 (Minister's Determination for North Island, Te Ika-a-Māui, South Island and Te Waipounamu, and Board Decision for Paekākāriki Hill)
  • 3 October 2013 (Official Antarctic)
  • 29 August 2013 (Proposal, Official Undersea, Official Antarctic, Discontinued)
  • 25 July 2013 (Waitaha and Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara Treaty of Waitangi Settlement) 
  • 20 June 2013 (Minister’s Determinations, Official NZ)
  • 26 April 2013 (Proposals, Official NZ, Official Antarctic, Discontinued)
  • 4 April 2013 (Proposals for alternative names for NZs main islands) 
  • 7 February 2013 (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Treaty of Waitangi Settlement) 
  • 20 December 2012 (Ngāti Manuhiri Treaty of Waitangi Settlement)
  • 13 December 2012 (Minister's Determination for Whanganui and Wanganui) 
  • 8 November 2012 (Official Undersea, Proposals, Treaty of Waitangi Settlements for Ngāti Mākino, Maraeroa A and B Blocks, Ngai Tāmanuhiri and Rongowhakaata) 
  • 19 July 2012 (Official NZ, Discontinued, Proposals, Official Undersea) 
  • 10 May 2012 (Offcial NZ, Official Antarctic, Minister's Determinations, Treaty of Waitangi Settlement for Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngati Porou and Ngāti Whare)
  • 10 May 2012 (Validated Antarctic)
  • 9 February 2012 (Taranaki Whānui Treaty of Waitangi Settlement) 
  • 26 January 2012 (Proposals, Official NZ, Official Undersea, Official Antarctic)
  • 10 November 2011 (Official CPA - Wairēinga Scenic Reserve)
  • 3 November 2011 (Official NZ, Minister's Determinations) 
  • 18 August 2011 (Official CPA - Tāwharanui Marine Reserve) 
  • 18 August 2011 (Minister's Determination for Hillary Ridge) 
  • 9 June 2011 (Proposals, Official NZ, Validated CPAs, Waikato-Tainui Treaty of Waitangi Settlement, Minister's Determination for Ripiro Beach) 
  • 24 February 2011 (Ngāti Apa (North Island) Treaty of Waitangi Settlement) 
  • 16 December 2010 (Official NZ, Minister's Determinations, Official Undersea) 
  • 9 September 2010 (Official NZ, Official Antarctic) 
  • 26 August 2010 (Proposals)
  • 5 November 2009 (Proposals, Official NZ, Official Antarctic) 
  • 14 May 2009 (Proposals, Official NZ)

You can also find out about past decisions and determinations in the NZGB gazetted notices.

Antarctic place names

Treaty Settlement names

DoC Crown Protected Area names

Minister's name determinations

Undersea feature names