We encourage other nations to consult with us before naming undersea features within our jurisdiction.
We have the exclusive right to name undersea features within 12 nautical miles of our territory. Beyond that anyone can propose an undersea feature name, but they must consult with us first if the feature is within our responsibility.
Make your proposal online
Our online proposal form will take you step by step through the process for proposing a name for an undersea feature. Please ensure you provide all the information we need.
Make your proposal on a paper form
You can also make your proposal in hardcopy. Our proposal forms for undersea feature names are available in English and Māori:
Guides and other information
These documents and resources will help you to complete the proposal form:
- Standard for undersea feature names - NZGBS60000
- Consulting with Māori
- The New Zealand Gazetteer of place names
- NZ Geographic Features
- GEBCO Gazetteer
Contact us if you need any help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org