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GIS and Maps

New to GIS?

Geographic Information Systems, commonly known as GIS, are powerful tools that enable us to capture, store, analyze, and visualize spatial data. At its core, GIS combines geography with information technology to provide a framework for understanding the world around us in a spatial context.


GIS allows users to integrate various types of data, such as maps, satellite imagery, and demographic information, into a single platform. By layering and analyzing these datasets, GIS helps individuals and organizations make informed decisions about location-based issues. Whether it's mapping the spread of diseases, planning urban development, or managing natural resources, GIS provides valuable insights into spatial relationships and patterns.


GIS applications are diverse, spanning across fields like urban planning, environmental science, disaster management, and business logistics. As technology continues to advance, GIS is becoming increasingly accessible and user-friendly, making it an essential tool for professionals and enthusiasts alike who seek to explore, understand, and solve real-world problems through the lens of geography.


For Māori, GIS provides tools to tell the stories of the taiao. It can help us compile compelling kōrero about the taiao present with multimedia flair and connected to place.

Useful resources


This video from EcoSpatial explains what GIS is and its application for conservation work.


Our Storymaps (more detail to come)


Provides access to many maps including Biodiversity, Wetlands, Soils, Maritime, Natural Hazards, Treaty Settlements and Regional Plan maps. (Access maps).

Maps include the current and proposed district plans, Treaty settlements, and various infrastructure and taiao maps.(Access maps).

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