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 meetings and deadlines in 2018 for submitting place name proposals are:
- Regular Meeting: 12 April 2018, deadline 28 February 2018
- Treaty of Waitangi focussed meeting: 28 June 2018, deadline 17 May 2018
- Regular Meeting: 27 September 2018, deadline 16 August 2018
Proposals received after the deadline that meet minimum requirements will be processed at the next NZGB meeting.