Geographic Information Systems

A way of making more informed resource management decisions

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Report on the development and use of GIS for iwi and hapu: Motueka case study, Aotearoa –New Zealand, Garth Harmsworth, Mick Pack and Dean Walker. Nga Pae – Anthony Toro Bidois.  Ngati Rangiwewehi: Asserting Iwi Identity (use of GIS, including use of song to depict values of places)
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Te Kahui Manu Hokai
Maori GIS Association
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Geographic Information System (GIS) is a spatial mapping tool that captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data that are linked to location(s). GIS can be used as a tool to access vast amounts of information to be able to make good decisions on resource use, sustainable management, and managing special places and sites (e.g., significant cultural and natural areas) based on values.

Many Maori organisations, and a number of Maori groups are either presently engaged in or planning to develop their own GIS systems and expertise in information technology.

Iwi and Hapu developing GIS have used it predominantly for the following:

  • Concepts, methods, and frameworks for collecting, storing, recording and presenting Maori knowledge (matauranga Maori), cultural heritage, cultural values, taonga classifications, and inventories
  • Concepts, methods, and frameworks for collecting, storing, recording and presenting natural resource information.

The success of a GIS is collaboration.  Partnerships with agencies and private industry, will assist Iwi and Hapu to develop their GIS through accessing data sets to create a robust information platform to make good decisions over the management of natural resources.

Key idea: The success of the GIS spatial mapping tool is linked to collaboration with agencies and private industry who can assist you making informed management decisions


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