In 2023 Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa New Zealand Geographic Board released their new Māori place names map for Te Waipounamu. This map is an important educational resource that supports the new Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories curriculum.
The new map features over 900 original Māori place names as they were prior to European settlement and builds on the original 1995 Māori place names map. The new map includes hundreds of additional Māori place names provided from iwi and hapū, Treaty of Waitangi settlements, and Kā Huru Manu (the Ngāi Tahu digital atlas).
The cartography is a best attempt to represent the landscape at it was in the early 19th century. This map is at a scale of one to a million so not all known Māori place names are included – only those that are the most prominent or culturally significant. On the back of the map is an index that shares kōrero about each place name.