Names protected by legislation

The use of restricted names

There are certain names that are restricted or protected by legislation.

If you wish to reserve any of these names, you may need to contact a government agency for their approval. When applying to reserve the name, you'll need to upload a copy of the approval letter as a supporting document.

Government A-Z  — contact details for government agencies

Restricted or protected names

A to D

A

Agricultural Research Centre
Air Guide
Air Ranger
Animal Research Laboratory
Anzac
Aotea Centre
Aotea Auckland Centre

B

Bank
Banker
Banking
Boy Scout
Brownie
Brown Owl

C

Carillon
Civil Aviation Authority
Co-operative — unless it's a co-operative company

D

Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Dominion Physical Laboratory
DSIR or D.S.I.R.

E to I

E

Eagle Owl

G

Geneva Cross
Girl Guide
Girl Guides Association
Government
Government Department
Governor-General
Greyhound Racing Association
Guider

H

Hall of Memories
Harness Racing New Zealand
Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure
Her Majesty
House of Representatives
Housing Corporation of New Zealand

I

Institute of Nuclear Sciences
Insurance
International Atomic Energy Agency
International Bank of Reconstruction and Development
International Criminal Police Organisation
International Development Association
International Finance Corporation
Interpol

J to N

L

Land Transport Safety Authority
Laughing Owl
Lone Guide

M

MAF
Management Consultancy Services
Māori Battalion
Māori Fisheries Commission
Maritime Safety Authority
Minister
Minister of the Crown
Museum of New Zealand

N

National Archives
National Art Gallery
National Museum
National Provident Fund
National War Memorial
NECAL
New Zealand Communicable Disease Centre
New Zealand Film Commission
New Zealand Export-Import Corporation
New Zealand Oceanographic Institute
New Zealand Planning Council
New Zealand Soil Bureau
NZGS

O to R

O

Olympic Games

P

Parliament
Physics and Engineering Laboratory
Post Guide

Q

Queen

R

Racing Conference
Ranger Guide
Red Crescent
Red Cross
Red Lion and Sun
Returned Services
Returned Services Association
Royal
Royal Charter
RSA
Ruakura

S to Z

S

Scout
Scout Association
Sea Guide
Sea Ranger
Soil Conservation Centre

T

Tawny Owl
Te Hokowhitu Māori 28
Te Ope Hōia Māori 28
Te Ope Taua Māori 28
Te Papa Tongarewa
Testing Laboratory Registration
Toc H

U

UN
UNESCO
United Nations
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
Universities

W

War Memorial
Wheat Research Institute
WHO
World Bank
World Health Organisation
World Meteorological Organisation

Names beginning with numbers

28 Māori Battalion
28th Māori Battalion
28th Māori Battalion Association
28th Māori Battalion (NZ) Association Incorporated

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