There is a proposal form and a checklist of requirements to complete. The proposal form has boxes for the claimant group to complete and boxes that Te Arawhiti must complete.
Restoring or changing place names through a Treaty settlement
- Place name restoration and/or changes are proposed during Treaty settlement negotiations, prior to a Deed of Settlement being initialed.
- Te Arawhiti must provide a completed proposal form and all of the information in the checklist of requirements to us before we can begin processing a proposal.
- We discuss the proposals and make recommendations to Te Arawhiti on place names to be included in a Treaty settlement.
- The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations makes the final decision.
- If agreed by the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the claimants, the restored and/or changed place names are included in a Deed of Settlement and made official through Treaty settlement legislation.
- Once the Treaty settlement legislation has been enacted we publish the names in the New Zealand Gazette, newspapers and the New Zealand Gazetteer.
These resources will help you with a Treaty settlement place name proposal: