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New Zealand launches new place name database

New Zealand: The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) has launched a new web-based database which enables users to find information on official place names.

The database called the Place Name Gazzetter allows people to search for both the official and unofficial names of places and geographic features throughout New Zealand, as well as those within our continental shelf and the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. It is supported by an interactive map covering mainland New Zealand and it replaces the former Gazetteer, which consisted of a series of spreadsheets that only listed official names. The Gazetteer is an important source of information used by agencies such as councils and government departments as well as by historians and researchers as it provides a brief history of names (if available) as well as associate names.

Source: Linz