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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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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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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If all the roads in NZ were 100km, here’s what that 100km would look like…

Dec 14, 2022 10:32:40 AM / by Andrew Smith


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Speed Limit Changes, Productivity and Routing

Sep 15, 2020 11:43:39 AM / by Andrew Smith


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Why the legal status of a road matters for insurance

Jul 23, 2020 9:25:53 AM / by Andrew Smith

The above image visualises the legal status of the roads around Cardrona ski field - a number of which are not legally defined as "public roads". 

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The last mile...

May 6, 2020 3:49:42 PM / by Derek Love, Data Lead

Here at NationalMap, we pride ourselves on getting things right and we’ve been doing this for 30 years.

Quality is our focus; it’s there to provide our customers with confidence and assurance that any analyses or tasks they undertake are underpinned by data they can trust.

Routing can be a complicated beast, but at its simplest level, it comes down to:

  • Address point location and proximity to roads; and
  • Linking said address point to the most appropriate location or roadlink.
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How the private sector adds value to government data

Mar 20, 2020 2:51:54 PM / by Andrew Smith

Many New Zealand Local and Central Government agencies are doing a great job of providing free public access to the data they collect and create. For example, The Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Data Service (LDS) has over 2,100 datasets available for free download in various geospatial formats.

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