Propose a place name

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 2019 for making place name proposals are:

  • 11 April 2019, deadline 14 February 2019
  • 20 June 2019, deadline 26 April 2019
  • 18 October 2019, deadline 23 August 2019

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

Last Updated: 4 December 2018