FIND OUT MORE... Who Names Places & Streets in New Zealand & Antarctica?
One of the organisations in New Zealand that assigns, approves, alters or discontinues names is the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB), an independant statutory body of government administered by LINZ.
In general the NZGB is responsible for names in New Zealand and the Ross Sea region of Antarctica for:
- geographic features and places
- undersea features
- Antarctic features
- Crown protected areas (CPAs)
- Treaty of Waitangi features and place names
- altering district and region names for territorial authorities.
Read more about the NZGB's functions and jurisdiction, including information about other naming authorities in New Zealand.
LINZ also supports the electoral process by maintaining an index to electoral streets and places.