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Notice of the Final Determinations of the Minister for Land Information on Official Geographic Names

Pursuant to section 16 of the New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008 (“Act”), notice was given in the New Zealand Gazette, 27 May 2021, Notice No. 2021-ln1996 and New Zealand Gazette, 26 August 2021, Notice No. 2021-ln3379, of proposals by the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (“Board”) to assign new and alter existing geographic names.

The Board dealt with the submissions it received for the proposals according to section 18 of the Act.

Having considered the reports from the Board, I hereby declare that my final determinations, made pursuant to sections 20(2) and 20(3) of the Act, are the official geographic names as described in the Schedule below.

I made my decisions on 15 December 2021 and my final determinations on the names will take effect on 16 February 2022.


Official Geographic Name

Geographic Feature Type and Description

Onetāhua Rise

A low, broad, elongated undersea rise extending from Cape Farewell towards Cape Egmont, centred at -40.0948 latitude, 173.4861 longitude. Alteration from Farewell Rise (recorded undersea feature name).


A locality on State Highway 3 approximately 19km west-northwest of Whanganui. NZTopo50- BK32 594904. Alteration from Maxwell (Official by Designation of Districts Act 1908, refer New Zealand Gazette, 27 January 1927, No. 4, page 213, effective 1 August 1927).

Pikipari Pass

An alpine pass at NZTopo50-CB09 051451 in the Darran Mountains near the north end of Fiordland National Park. Named incorrectly on NZTopo50-CB09, edition 1.05, as Pakihaukea Pass (official name for the pass at NZTopo50-CB09 052437). Assigning a new name in local use as official.

Rangitoto-ki-te-Tonga / d’Urville Valley

An undersea valley extending from 60km south of Cape Egmont at -39.8631 latitude, 173.6640 longitude, south-eastwards to Narrows Basin in Cook Strait at -40.7233 latitude, 174.3402 longitude. Alteration from D’Urville Seavalley (recorded undersea feature name).

Taumoana Canyon

An undersea canyon trending south-westward from the south entrance of Tamatea / Dusky Sound -45.7819 latitude, 166.4407 longitude, then curving to the northwest to -45.7002 latitude, 165.9300 longitude. Alteration from Five Fingers Canyon (recorded undersea feature name).

Dated at Wellington this 16th day of February 2022.

DAMIEN O’CONNOR, Minister for Land Information.