Notice Type
Land Notices
Notice Title

Notice of Proposals to Alter Undersea Feature Names

Pursuant to section 16 of the New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008 (“Act”), the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa hereby gives notice of proposals to alter three existing undersea feature names as specified in the Schedule below.

Submissions on these proposed undersea feature names may be made on the form linked from, by email to:, or by writing to the Secretary of the New Zealand Geographic Board, c/o Land Information New Zealand, PO Box 5501, Wellington 6145.

In accordance with section 17 of the Act, submissions must state with reasons whether a proposal is supported or objected to. If an objection is made, then the submission may suggest another name or support the existing name.


Proposed Altered Undersea Feature Names

Undersea Feature Type and Description

Submission deadline

Māhia Canyon

An undersea canyon offshore from the central east coast of Te Ika-a-Māui, extending for approximately 72km from -38.9842 latitude, 178.1465 longitude, to -39.2188 latitude, 178.6834 longitude. Alteration from Poverty Canyon (recorded undersea feature name).

2 July 2020

Matakaoa Re-entrant

An undersea re-entrant covering approximately 1390km2 centred at -37.4272 latitude, 178.5635 longitude, located approximately 14km north of East Cape at its eastern end, and 7km north-northeast of Midway Point at its western end. Alteration from Matakoa Re-entrant (recorded undersea feature name).

2 July 2020

Whareama Valley

An undersea valley offshore from the Wairarapa coast, extending for approximately 8.6km from -41.1372 latitude, 176.3641 longitude, to -41.1169 latitude, 176.2878 longitude. Alteration from Whareama Sea Valleys (recorded undersea feature name).

2 July 2020

Dated at Wellington this 2nd day of June 2020.

W. K. SHAW, Secretary, New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa.