Notice Type
Land Notices
Notice Title

Notice of Decisions to Approve Undersea Feature Names

Pursuant to sections 10(1)(b), 24(2)(a) and 21(2) of the New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008, the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (“Board”) gives notice of two approved undersea feature names within New Zealand’s 12 nautical mile territorial limit, as described in the Schedule below.

The Board’s final determinations on these undersea feature names took effect on 27 May 2021.


Approved Undersea Feature Name



(latitude, longitude)

Arawhata Canyon

An undersea canyon originating offshore from Arawhata River on the west coast of Te Waipounamu and merging into Waiatoto Canyon. Depicted on West Coast Canyons Chart©, Mackay et al., 2009.

-43.8615, 168.4643

Kōwhai Seavalleys

A series of small undersea valleys on the continental slope southeast of Kaikōura Peninsula. Depicted on Pegasus Chart©, Herzer & Carter, 1983.

-42.4997, 173.8927

Dated at Wellington this 27th day of May 2021.

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