[CatSIG] New Zealand dual language place names

Judith Keats Judith.Keats at natlib.govt.nz
Wed Oct 1 15:32:17 NZDT 2008

[Apologies for cross posting]

E nga mata waka o te motu, tena koutou katoa.

We are pleased to announce that the first New Zealand dual language place names have been accepted as subject headings by the Library of Congress and are now available on the National Bibliographic Database for use in bibliographic records. These place names are mostly the result of the Crown's settlement with Kai Tahu in 2003, when 88 South Island place names were changed to dual language place names, the majority to joint English/Maori names. In April 2006, after much discussion, the Library of Congress agreed to accept the New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database on the Land Information New Zealand website as the authority for New Zealand place names. Since then, guidelines for these subject headings have been developed in consultation with the Library of Congress.

The first group of dual language place names submitted are mainly changes to existing subject headings, resulting in changes to bibliographic records on the National Bibliographic Database. These are:

1. Aoraki/Mount Cook (N.Z.), formerly Cook, Mount (N.Z.)
2. Southern Alps/ Ka Tiritiri o te Moana (N.Z.), formerly Southern Alps (N.Z.)
3. Stewart Island/Rakiura (N.Z.), formerly Stewart Island (N.Z.)
4. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park (N.Z.), formerly Mount Cook National Park (N.Z.)
5. Westland/Tai Poutini National Park (N.Z.), formerly Westland National Park (N.Z.)

The only new subject heading is Ashburton River/Hakatere (N.Z.)

Each of these authority records contains a 781 field which shows how these place names are used as a geographic subdivision of a topical subject heading. 

Please note that macrons cannot be used in this email but they are used in the authority records. 

Future changes and new proposals include:
     Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere (N.Z.)
     Fox Glacier/Te Moeka o Tuawe (N.Z.)
     Milford Sound/Piopiotahi (N.Z.)
     Matiu/Somes Island (N.Z.)
     Doubtful Sound/Patea (N.Z.)

These changes and new proposals will take several months to go through the Library of Congress review process, but we will advise you when the work is completed.

Noho ora ra
Naku noa, na

Judy Keats
Authority Record Co-ordinator
National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa
PO Box 1467
New Zealand

Telephone: 04-474-3000 x 8788
E-mail: judith.keats at natlib.govt.nz

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