The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa is New Zealand’s place naming authority. We make place names official so that there is an agreed and correct name for a place.

We are governed by the New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008 and develop policies, standards and guidelines for place naming. We name places and features in New Zealand and its offshore islands, in Antarctica and on the sea floor. We also alter district or region names and process Crown reserve names, and we are responsible for place names made official through Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

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Search for place names and find resources for research - Place names.

Find information on place name proposals, guidelines for consulting with Māori, and recent place name decisions - Place naming.

View current and recent consultations - Place name consultations.

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