So what should the country be called officially?
Te Pāti Māori on Thursday morning is presenting its petition to Parliament calling for the country’s name to be officially changed to Aotearoa. It’s also calling for the Government to officially restore the Te Reo Māori names for all towns, cities and place names.
Lobby group, Hobson's Pledge, has a petition of its own campaigning against the use of Aotearoa, and is calling for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to publicly affirm that the country’s official name is New Zealand.
Link to video and article: Aotearoa name better represents country's identity, historian says (1news.co.nz)