Naming conventions for New Zealand by NZ Government Departments

Liz Simons made this Official Information request to Public Service Commission

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From: Liz Simons

Dear State Services Commission,

Use of Aotearoa instead of New Zealand

I wish to request under the official information act why Government departments are now naming New Zealand "Aotearoa", formally and only this instead of "New Zealand" and what the rational is for this. I also request any English and Maori naming conventions and when one should be used over the other in English and Maori text.

New Zealand is the legal name of our country no official name change or referendum has taken place to change this. In English text this should be used accordingly. An Act of Parliament is needed to change the name of New Zealand and this has not occurred.

Aotearoa is also actually one of the Māori names for the North Island of New Zealand, and has never included the South Island of New Zealand. Only after modern revisionism has this occurred. The name change without consulting the public is divisive and exclusionary. The official name New Zealand should be being used by Government departments in English text.

Please provide justification for.

Yours faithfully,

Liz Simons

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Dear Ms Simons

 

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