Mount Misery to Maungatūtū, Clive River to Te Awa o Mokotūāraro and naming the newly formed lake Lake Te Horonui are just some of the decisions highlighted in the Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa New Zealand Geographic Board 2022/23 Annual Report – available here in both English and te reo Māori.
The NZGB has a function to collect and encourage the use of original Māori place names on official maps and charts. To help it to do this and to encourage Māori participation, the NZGB has developed this Kaupapa which describes ways of engaging with the appropriate Māori.
This Protocol was developed by the NZGB in collaboration with MFAT to encourage other nations to consult with the NZGB before naming undersea features within its area of interest and before submitting a proposal to the Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN), who are a group of international experts on naming undersea features.
This policy provides guidance when considering and applying generic terms to geographic names. The primary purpose of the generic term is to describe the feature part of a place name, eg River or Maunga.