New Zealand Geographic Board update on Ohakune

6 August 2019

Following its media release on 25 June 2019 the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) was contacted by Ngāti Rangi about the NZGB’s addition of a macron to the town name Ōhakune.

Ōhakune was one of 824 Māori place names that the NZGB made official on 21 June 2019.  

Chairperson of the NZGB, Anselm Haanen, says that the NZGB’s intention with these names, which are all in common use, was to reflect public expectation that they are written correctly. 

However in this case Ngāti Rangi raised questions over the use of macrons after it was made official. The NZGB based the macron over the ‘O’ on a different meaning to Ngāti Rangi’s – their story does not include a macron over the ‘O’. 

As a result of this information the NZGB removed the name from the list of official place names on 31 July 2019.

Media enquiries

Email: or phone: 027 566 5251