Browsing the NZ Gazette, the government’s official newspaper, I came across a parcel of new official geographic names being approved and one or two discontinued.
This happens fairly often and this Land Information New Zealand page is a good place to get a heads-up. There’s also plenty of detail on the naming process, including a checklist for proposing a name and a flowchart describing the process.
All the names of all the New Zealand places (as in mountains and lakes but not as in street names) are held in the New Zealand Gazetteer of Official Geographic Names.
Official names are approved, discontinued or altered by the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB).
Among the 66 freshly approved geographic names announced in the gazette when I wrote this post were:
Blue Shirt Creek
Last but not least was Ugly River, a stream near Nelson. Welcome, Ugly River!
Any member of the public can make a submission either in support of, or objecting to, name change proposals.