Ngā Poutama Matawhenua - Practical Māori GIS Mapping Wānanga webinar series

A programme of monthly 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.

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

These wānanga are for kaitiaki, friends and whānau working in Māori trusts, settlement entities, Takiwā and marae collectives and environmental and conservation groups.

The wānanga are 1-hour long lunchtime sessions, usually on the first or second Friday of the month (12:30 to 1:30pm). They are delivered in English.

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Demonstrations of how to apply GIS mapping tools to your projects including significant sites, land management, environmental monitoring, storytelling, and 3D visualisations.

Learn how to:

  • 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
  • access and use geospatial data from government agencies including natural resource, social service agencies, and councils for your own projects such as climate adaptation, civil emergencies, marine area submissions, finding and accessing population and demographic data
  • 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:

  • 5 min introductions and tikanga
  • 30 min demonstration*
  • 20 min 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 Zoom which needs to be downloaded and installed on your device before 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 need a webcam or microphone, but these are useful for support purposes.

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