NZGB’s Annual Report shows good progress on making place names official

30 October 2020

Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa New Zealand Geographic Board made more than 500 place names official in the year from July 2019 - June 2020.

This work, in consultation with councils and mana whenua, is the beginning of the Board’s six-year programme to make more than 30,000 existing place names official.

Board Chairperson Anselm Haanen says the Board’s latest Annual Report reflects a growing awareness of the importance of place names as markers of national identity and community pride.

“Place names and the stories behind them are tangible expressions of New Zealand’s culture, heritage and language,” says Mr Haanen.

“The Board’s work over the past year in naming and recording the geographic markers that make up our home – on the land, seafloor, offshore islands and in the Ross Dependency of Antarctica – helps build a stronger and more connected New Zealand.” 

“When a place name is made official, only that name can be used on official maps and in official documentation. This is especially critical for emergency services as a unique place name is one of the factors that confirm an address,” says Mr Haanen.

More than 20 place name proposals were notified, giving New Zealanders the opportunity to have their say in naming ‘their place’.

“The public submissions on these proposals form a key part of the Board’s (and the Minister for Land Information’s) decision making on assigning new and changing existing place names and making them official,” says Mr Haanen. 

“We also updated the New Zealand Gazetteer - the primary tool for people to find place names and information about them - making it more accessible, easier to use and improving how Antarctic places names are shown.”

Read Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa New Zealand Geographic Board’s Annual Report in English or Māori.

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Further information

Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa New Zealand Geographic Board is the national authority for official place naming in New Zealand, its offshore Islands, its continental shelf, and the Ross Dependency of Antarctica. Read the Board’s Strategy 2020-2025 in Māori (PDF 103KB) or English (PDF 229KB).

The New Zealand Gazetteer has nearly 53,000 official and unofficial place names in the Board’s jurisdiction. The Gazetteer also records the history, origin and meaning of place names where known. Its data is freely available to download for mapping and other products. 
 

E whakaatu ana te Pūrongo ā-Tau a te NZGB kei te pai te ahu whakamua o te whakamana ingoa 


Neke atu i te 500 ngā ingoa wāhi i whakamanahia i te tau e Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa New Zealand Geographic Board atu i te Hōngongoi 2019-Pipiri 2020.

Ko te tīmatanga tēnei mahi, e mahia ana i runga i te whakapā haere ki ngā kaunihera me ngā mana whenua, o te hōtaka ono tau a te Poari ki te whakamana ingoa wāhi kua takoto kē mai e 30,000 neke atu. 

Hei tā te Toihau o te Poari a Anselm Haanen, e whakaata ana te Pūrongo ā-Tau a te Poari o nā tata nei i te mōhio haeretia o te hiranga o te ingoa wāhi hei tohu i te tuakiri ā-motu me te ngākau whakahī o te hapori.  

Hei tā Mr Haanen, “Ko te ingoa wāhi me ōna kōrero he whakapuakanga tūturu o te ahurea, o te taonga tuku iho me te reo o Aotearoa.” 

“Ko ngā mahi a te Poari i te tau ka hori ki te taunaha me te whakatakoto i ngā tohu matawhenua ka tohu koia nei tō tātou kāinga – i te mata o te whenua, i te takere o te moana, i ngā motu o waho me te Ross Dependency o te Tiri o te Moana ki te Tonga – e āwhina ana ki te whakapakari ake me te whakakaha ake i ngā tūhonotanga o Aotearoa.” 

Hei tā Mr Haanen ano, “Ina whakamanahia tētahi ingoa wāhi, ko taua ingoa anahe ka whakamahia ki te mahere mana me te tānga mana. He mea nui whakaharahara tēnei mō ngā ratonga whawhati tata i te mea ko te ingoa wāhi motuhake tētahi āhuatanga ka whakaū i tētahi wāhi noho.” 

Neke atu i te 20 ngā tono ingoa wāhi i pānuitia, i whai huarahi ai ngā iwi o Aotearoa ki te tāpae mai i ō rātou whakaaro mō te taunaha i ‘tō rātou wāhi’.

Hei tā Mr Hāanen anō, “Ko ngā tāpaenga whakaaro mai a te iwi tūmatanui mō ngā tono nei ka noho hei wāhanga matua o ngā whakataunga a te Poari (me te Minita mō Toitū te Whenua) mō te taunaha ingoa wāhi hou, mō te panoni i te ingoa kua takoto kē mai, me te whakamana i ēnei.” 

“I whakahoungia anō e mātou te Kāhetia o Aotearoa - te taputapu matua e rapua ai e te tangata tētahi ingoa wāhi, e kitea ai anō ōna kōrero - e māmā ake ai te āhei atu, te whakamahi me te whakapai ake i te whakaaturia o ngā ingoa wāhi o te Tiri o te Moana ki te Tonga.”

Pānuitia te Pūrongo ā-Tau a Ngā Pou Taunaha New Zealand Geographic Board ki te reo Ingarihi ki te reo Māori rānei.

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Ētahi atu kōrero 

Ko Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa New Zealand Geographic Board te mana o te motu mō te whakamana ingoa wāhi i Aotearoa, i ōna moutere o waho, i tōna pūkawa raurarahi me te Ross Dependency o te Tiri o te Moana ki te Tonga. Pānuitia te Rautaki 2020-2025 a te Poari ki te reo Māori (PDF 103KB) ki te reo Ingarihi rānei (PDF 229KB)

Kua tata ki te 53,000 ngā ingoa wāhi mana me ngā ingoa kīhai i mana kua takoto mai ki te New Zealand Gazetteer kei raro nei i te mana whakahaere o te Poari. Ka takoto mai hoki ki te Kāhetia ngā hītori, te pūtakenga mai me te tikanga o te ingoa wāhi ina mōhiotia. E wātea ana ōna raraunga ki te tiki atu mō te hanga mahere me ētahi atu hanga.  

Last Updated: 30 October 2020

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