Find out how to name a place or geographic feature in New Zealand, its offshore islands and continental shelf, and the Ross Dependency of Antarctica.

Anyone can make a place name proposal. The requirements for a name proposal differ depending on the feature or place you want to name. The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) considers proposals and submissions against its naming rules, criteria, standards, guidelines and policies.

Propose a place name in New Zealand, undersea, or in Antarctica

Name proposal deadlines

Board hui dates and name proposal deadlines in 2022 are:

  • Friday 8 April 2022, deadline Friday 11 February 2022
  • Tuesday 26 July 2022, deadline Tuesday 31 May 2022
  • Friday 2 December 2022, deadline Friday 7 October 2022

Proposals received after the deadline that meet minimum requirements will be processed at the next Board hui.

Committee/Komiti hui dates in 2022 are:

  • Undersea Feature Names Committee, 2 February 2022
  • Antarctic Names Committee, TBD
  • Komiti Taunahatanga Māori, to be held the day before each Board hui, ie Thursday 7 April 2022, Monday 25 July 2022 and Thursday 1 December 2022
Last Updated: 4 February 2021