Our People - NationalMap leadership


At NationalMap, we’re passionate about data. Collectively, we’ve been helping organisations of all kinds use spatial data to meet and exceed their strategic and project objectives for many decades.

Andrew Revised 7

General Manager, NationalMap Limited

Andrew brings a background in geographic analysis, staff management, and project leadership to his role as General Manager at NationalMap.

With almost 30 years' experience in the GIS sector – as both a practitioner and educator – Andrew offers a unique experience base that ensures NationalMap’s data solutions continue to be developed and maintained to the exacting standards expected by customers.

Andrew has held a number of GIS-related and team leader roles within the public and private sectors both in New Zealand and Central Asia and, as General Manager of NationalMap Limited, oversees the management of NationalMap Limited’s core data assets and the production of solutions such as NationalMap, NationalMap Data Service, and our CNAR (Comprehensive National Address Register) dataset.

Andrew has a Master of Science Degree (Geographic Information Systems) from Salzburg University (Austria).

Melissa Pearse-Smith Melissa 1

Product Lead, NationalMap Limited

Melissa brings a background in data product creation and delivery, project management and geospatial consulting to her role as Product Lead at NationalMap.

Melissa has 7 years’ experience in the geospatial sector, working with public and private sector clients in both New Zealand and Australia. She has project managed a range of projects; from Emergency Management system implementations, to data migration projects and the creation of the NationalMap Data Service.

In her role as Product Lead, Melissa oversees the regular creation and delivery of our NationalMap products, and ensures they are delivered on time and to a high standard.

Melissa has a Master of Science (Geography) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) from the University of Otago.

Derek LoveDerek 6

Data Lead, NationalMap Limited

From humble beginnings working as quality control in a butchery over 30 years ago to the last 18 years of data capture and quality assurance in the world of GIS, you could say quality assurance runs in Derek’s blood.

Having earnt his ‘stripes’ in the UK at arguably one of the best and most prestigious mapping organisations in the world, he has brought those skills, knowledge, and passion to New Zealand’s very own NationalMap. 

Derek strives to ensure the data in NationalMap is of the highest standards of currency, consistency, and accuracy so our customers can have confidence and trust that the data they are utilising is correct.


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