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The Board has produced several publications about traditional and current place naming, which can be downloaded or purchased below.

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Copyright

We hold the copyright for these maps, books and other resources. If you wish to reproduce any part or whole of these publications, please contact the Board Secretary for permission. A suitable acknowledgement to the Board is required for any reproduction.

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Publications

He Korero Pūrākau Mo Ngā Taunahanahatanga a Ngā Tūpuna, Place Names of the Ancestors - A Māori Oral History Atlas

ISBN 0-477-00049-5
Re-print ISBN 978-0-477-00049-9

This bilingual book tells the stories of early Māori discoverers, explorers and travellers from the first wave of migration waka, and the place names they gave. Each story has a map showing their journeys and the locations of the places named.

 

Book cover of He Korero Pūrākau Mo Ngā Taunahanahatanga a Ngā Tūpuna, Place Names of the Ancestors - A Māori Oral History Atlas

Ngā Tohu Pūmahara, The Survey Pegs of the Past, Understanding Māori Place Names

ISBN 0-477-01462-3

This companion book to the Māori Oral History Atlas focuses on ways of understanding Māori place names.

 

Book cover of Ngā Tohu Pūmahara, The Survey Pegs of the Past, Understanding Māori Place Names

Maps

Te Ika-a-Māui, The Land and its People

Reference NZMS 346/1

A map of Māori place and feature names in Te Ika-a-Māui North Island circa 1840. The index on the back of the map has their meanings where known, and their equivalent contemporary names, if any.

 

 

Map of Te Ika a Māui, the North Island
Index of names that occur in the map of Te Ika a Māui, the North Island

Te Waipounamu, The Land and its People

Reference NZMS 346/2

A map of Māori place and feature names in Te Waipounamu South Island circa 1840. The index on the back of the map has their meanings where known, and their equivalent contemporary names, if any.

 

 

Map of Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island
Index of names that occur in the map of Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island

Asia and Pacific, United Nations map names

Reference NZMS 347

We contributed to a revised map and gazetteer compiled for the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) Asia South East and Pacific South West Division.

United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN)

 

Map showing South-East Asia and the south-west Pacific

Brochure, factsheet and flyers

About the Board and the Act

​​​​Naming New Zealand’s undersea features in English or te reo Māori

Restoring original Māori place names in English or te reo Māori

    Place naming in the Ross Sea of Antarctica in English or te reo Māori

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