Our proximity to infrastructure and amenities: The green, green grass of home

Jul 7, 2022 4:18:27 PM / by Andrew Smith

Over the last few weeks, the NationalMap team have been working on a project for a client that is largely based around identifying the physical attributes, infrastructure and amenities of our cities and towns.

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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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Location, Location, Location: Housing Development & Infrastructure

Sep 27, 2021 10:52:18 AM / by Derek Love, Data Lead

A proposed housing development south of Auckland got me thinking about the location of new housing


My expertise is mapping…..mapping the above ground, or ‘viewable world’, but there is a whole other world in underground services, which is vital to our everyday as we know it.

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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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