Adventure tourism, hospitals and journey times: An analysis of access to hospital A + E units in New Zealand

Jul 22, 2024 10:52:21 AM / by Andrew Smith

New Zealand’s reputation as a premier adventure tourism destination is well-earned. With our breathtaking landscapes and a huge range of pulse-raising adventure activities to choose from, it’s no wonder the whole country is considered heaven for adrenaline junkies.   

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Taking the high road: ice sheets and sea-level rises

Jun 11, 2024 2:00:39 PM / by Andrew Smith

A couple of weeks ago, a Radio New Zealand report caught my attention. The report was on some work being done by GNS Sciences that focused on better understanding ice sheet melt processes.

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A different New Zealand: Looking back 10 years in the rear-view mirror

May 28, 2024 12:09:49 PM / by Andrew Smith

A lot can change in 10 years.And, if we look back into the rearview mirror of our past, then we can see quite clearly that 2014 really was a different place and time, where things were done differently, for example, neither Zoom meetings or Netflix were even really a thing back then.

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Our new Points of Interest (POI) product page

Apr 11, 2024 9:30:13 AM / by Andrew Smith

NationalMap recently worked with a client on identifying the physical attributes, infrastructure and amenities of our cities and towns. The idea being that a resident’s proximity to these features can contribute to their overall health and well-being quite considerably.
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Announcing the release of our new Multimodal Routing Network

Mar 11, 2024 12:24:39 PM / by Andrew Smith

I’m very pleased to announce the release of NationalMap's latest routing product, the Multimodal Routing Network For ArcGIS.

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Life in the fast lane: where can you find New Zealand’s fastest (and slowest) towns?

Nov 30, 2023 10:10:10 AM / by Andrew Smith

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Just how big are New Zealand’s national parks?

Sep 19, 2023 11:50:29 AM / by Andrew Smith


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Flying high, or flying under the radar: How proximity to an airport can impact a town and its residents' well-being

Jul 26, 2023 8:39:34 AM / by Andrew Smith

Major international airports and the cities they serve are often intwined in our collective consciousness (think Heathrow and London, or JFK and New York).  However, as anyone who has travelled on budget airlines in Europe can attest to, the distance between airports and the cities they purport to be serving can often be many, MANY miles. 

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The humble road traffic roundabout: A celebration for enthusiasts

Jun 28, 2023 1:03:18 PM / by Andrew Smith

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15-minute cities in New Zealand: A visualisation

Apr 13, 2023 4:18:57 PM / by Andrew Smith

Prior to the advent of the motor car most cities were probably by default organised in a way that allowed residents to meet most of their daily needs within a 15-minute walk from their homes. However, the impact of things like motorways, traffic congestion and urban sprawl have meant that for many cities, the distance to essential amenities for its citizens has gradually increased over the years.

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