Find out how to name a place or geographic feature in New Zealand, its offshore islands and continental shelf, and the Ross Dependency of Antarctica.
Anyone can make a place name proposal. The requirements for a name proposal differ depending on the feature or place you want to name. The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) considers proposals and submissions against its naming rules, criteria, standards, guidelines and policies.
Name proposal deadlines
The next meeting of the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) is 18 May 2017. The deadline for making name proposals was 23 March 2017. The NZGB’s meetings later in the year are 20 July 2017 and 16 October 2017. Deadlines for making name proposals for these later meetings will be 24 May 2017 and 28 August 2017 respectively.