18 January 2018

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has today notified decisions on eleven New Zealand place names.

  • To correct the spelling from Kapitea Creek, a stream on the South Island’s West Coast, to Kapitia Creek. This spelling has also been applied to nearby place names Kapitia Hill, Kapitia Dam and Kapitia Reservoir. The locality of Dillmanstown nearby will be gazetted as official tomorrow.
  • A macron had been added to Omiha. The small populated locality overlooking Kuakarau Bay on Waiheke Island is now Ōmiha. The proposal made in 2016 to change it to Rocky Bay was rejected.
  • Castle Rock, a prominent rock feature on the Coromandel Peninsula, is now officially a dual name – Motutere / Castle Rock.
  • Clarence River, part of the St James Range, its mouth being located about 33 km northeast of Kaikoura, is now a dual name – Waiau Toa / Clarence River.
  • Waiau River, a river with its mouth 50 km southwest of Kaikoura that flows from the Spenser Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, has been altered to Waiau Uwha River.
  • Mount Doubtful and Query Peak, in Bannock Brae Range, have been officially named, and the co-ordinates have been updated to reflect their correct locations.
  • Bottle Lake in Christchurch has been discontinued because the lake no longer exists.

Board Secretary, Wendy Shaw, says the decisions have been gazetted today. 

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