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.

Name proposal deadlines

NZGB hui and deadlines in 2020 for making place name proposals are:

  • 2 April 2020, deadline 20 February 2020
  • 27 July 2020, deadline 15 June 2020
  • 14 October 2020, deadline 2 September 2020

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

Last Updated: 4 February 2020