Ngā Poutama Matawhenua is a regular programme of online mapping wānanga to help you learn how to map your whenua and tell your stories through GIS mapping. These interactive wānanga are specifically tailored towards those working for iwi, Māori trusts and environmental groups.

The programme is a collaboration between Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Te Kahui Manu Hōkai The Māori GIS Association, with support from Journey GIS Ltd.

Geospatial information has the potential to transform the way land is viewed and understood. By showcasing the geospatial tools and resources available, it empowers participants to practically apply what they learn to support a wide range of kaupapa related to whenua and tāiao in support for their own goals and aspirations.

Nau mai haere mai ki Ngā Poutama Matawhenua

Learn how you can use GIS tools and data to map your whenua, create 3D stories and flythroughs, discover and access all of the government GIS data, historical imagery, property data, and perform spatial analysis to support your mahi.

These wānanga are for kaitiaki, friends and whanau working in Māori trusts, settlement entities, Takiwā and marae collectives and environmental and conservation groups. The kaupapa for each wānanga is developed in collaboration with participants. We will never ask you for your data.

The wānanga are 1 hour and are delivered in English. Technical support sessions are also offered between wānanga.

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Kaupapa | Content

Ngā Poutama Matawhenua is not a formal course, making it possible to attend only those sessions which interest you. The kaupapa focuses on practical demonstrations of how to apply GIS Mapping tools to your projects including significant sites, land management, environmental monitoring, storytelling, and 3D visualisations using a variety of software options.

Learn how you can for example:

  • develop a sites of significance database
  • identify and map maunga, awa, roto and land blocks
  • create 3D flythroughs for storytelling
  • access free and open geospatial datasets
  • use a variety of tools and access non-profit grants and support.

We will go through step by step demonstrations of how you can:

  • develop environmental monitoring tools and a database of your whenua or to support spatial planning
  • access and use data from government agencies including natural resource, social service agencies, and councils for your own projects
  • identify potential land use and analysis to support decision making
  • organise and manage your data, and avoid data storage issues using webservices
  • other practical local GIS workflows and approaches to project planning.

The format of these wānanga are:

  • Tikanga and introductions
  • Technical Demonstration
  • Kōrero, patai, questions

The demonstration section will be recorded, edited, and made publicly available for watching online.

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  • These are virtual online wānanga.
  • Sessions are facilitated using the widely used Zoom app which needs to be downloaded and installed on your device prior to the wānanga.
  • The sessions can be accessed on all computers, tablets or smartphones.
  • A variety of GIS software will be demonstrated, but are not required for the wānanga.
  • Participants do not require a webcam or microphone, but these are useful for support purposes.


Nau mai, haere mai! | Welcome, join us!

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Last Updated: 11 May 2022