Andrew Smith


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NZ’s Emissions Reduction Plan: How accurate, fit-for-purpose road mapping data is already helping us get to net-zero emissions (and reduce costs)

May 26, 2022 1:34:26 PM / by Andrew Smith

Last week the Government released New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan. There’s a lot to absorb (it’s 350 pages long), but with the biggest section of the plan dedicated to transport, it’s very clear that the transport sector has a huge role to play in getting New Zealand to net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Global uncertainty: Controlling the controllable so you can keep calm and carry on

May 6, 2022 8:52:42 AM / by Andrew Smith

With the certainties of yesterday seeming like they belong to a different age, it can feel like businesses are having to adapt to a “new normal” almost every day now.

Are we out of the Covid-19 woods yet? Or does the growing outbreak in China herald not only global supply chain disruption, but a new wave of the virus?
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Easter, moveable feasts and Transmission Gully

Mar 28, 2022 11:04:19 AM / by Andrew Smith


    Image credit: LINZ & Kāpiti Coast District Council

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Speed limits, The Road To Zero, and the great slow down….

Mar 10, 2022 6:33:07 PM / by Andrew Smith

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How does your favourite produce or product actually get from “gate to plate”?

Feb 9, 2022 1:33:01 PM / by Andrew Smith

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What’s your limit? High speed roads, houses and home-buying decisions

Dec 6, 2021 1:01:33 PM / by Andrew Smith

Visual of the western greater Christchurch area showing legal speed limits and the houses they impact.

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Putting New Zealand on the map: Geopolitics, propaganda, conspiracy and cartographic distortion

Nov 9, 2021 9:11:52 AM / by Andrew Smith


Sometimes it seems like there is an almost weekly occurrence of New Zealand being “left off” a world map somewhere.

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Sea-air and common sense: Permitted movement in your local area when at Alert Level 4

Aug 26, 2021 11:57:29 AM / by Andrew Smith

Last weekend there were a lot of cars parked on the beachfronts of New Zealand while we were in level 4 lock down. A number of coastal locals were getting a bit grumpy, wanting to dob-in these (as they saw it) non-local lockdown breakers – feeling that they should be doing their exercise closer to home.

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Data asset security & sovereignty for nationally important geospatial datasets

Jul 22, 2021 3:20:27 PM / by Andrew Smith

We keep hearing that data is the new oil and while you would be unsurprised to learn that here at NationalMap we have ALWAYS seen the value of high quality geospatial data – it seems the rest of the world is finally catching up with that concept.

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The best laid plans of mice, men and public servants…

Jun 9, 2021 8:25:00 AM / by Andrew Smith

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