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 and forms for proposing a name and description of the consultative 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:

Burial Point
Ligar Bay
Limestone Bay
Tata Islands
Deception Creek
Blue Shirt Creek
Bluffy Creek
Deception Creek
Gunner River
Heaphy Bluff
Horrible Creek

Last but not least was Ugly River, a stream near Nelson. Welcome, Ugly River!

Ugly River Screengrab


Any member of the public can make a submission either in support of, or objecting to, name change proposals.

Submissions can be made in writing to the Secretary for the New Zealand Geographic Board, via the online forms, or to