This section presents the NZGB's key priorities for the next financial year.

Key priorities for 2017/18 are:

  • processing geographic name proposals of high importance to New Zealand’s history, culture, and language,
  • processing Treaty name proposals in support of the government’s Treaty settlement process, and meeting post-settlement commitments,
  • approving more recorded names as official (using the fast track process), and
  • prioritising suburb and locality names in support of property addressing.

Other initiatives that the Board will progress in 2017/18 include:

  • production of a new edition of the Board’s publication He kōrero pūrākau mō ngā taunahanahatanga a ngā tūpuna / Place names of the ancestors : a Māori oral history atlas, and
  • an editorial review of Ngā tohu pūmahara / The survey pegs of the past : understanding Māori place names, which will include new stories, new maps, and will be translated into Māori.

The Board Secretariat will continue to focus on improving its work systems and improving the accessibility of processes and decisions to the public.