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PLACE19 Programme

Nau mai haere mai! The programme for PLACE19 is now available. All attendees will be provided with a printed copy. or Open in Google Docs


Nau Mai Haere Mai Nga Whenua Rahui ki PLACE19

Te Kahui Manu Hokai is pleased to welcome the support of Nga Whenua Rahui to PLACE19, the Maori GIS Association Conference. The Ngā Whenua Rāhui Fund supports the protection of indigenous biodiversity on Māori-owned...


Whekau Partner! Eagle Technology Group Ltd

Te Kahui Manu Hokai is pleased to announce the support for PLACE19 of Eagle Technology Group Ltd as our Whekau Sponsor for the ASSETS stream. Eagle Technology Group Ltd is a privately-held New Zealand-owned...


Student Winners

Congratulations to our student winners for free tickets to PLACE19! Te Kahui Manu Hokai is super stoked to be able to support these students get a better understanding of how Geospatial concepts can be...


Pinpoint Confirmed as Kotuku Sponsor!

Pinpoint Geospatial believes open source provides far more than justgeospatial software it provides freedom and a community based software model that aligns extremely well with Maori community values Pinpoint Geospatial Solutions Ltd (PGS) specialises...



Kia ora  ano koutou, Ngā mihi ki a tatau ngā kaimahi GIS.  This second panui gives further details regarding the sixth, software neutral, Maori GIS conference… PLACE2019 ROTORUA VENUE Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference...


PLACE19: Huia Sponsor Announcement!

Te Kahui Manu Hokai is pleased to announce Massey University as our major Huia Level Sponsor for PLACE19 Maori GIS Conference. For 35 years Massey University has been at the forefront of teaching GIS...

About Te Kahui Manu Hokai …

About Te Kahui Manu Hokai

Māori GIS is a growth sector within the Aotearoa/Indigenous GIS field. Te Kahui Manu Hokai has been established to promote the use of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and associated information technologies for the benefit and advancement of iwi Māori in Aotearoa/NZ.
Te Kahui Manu Hokai (TKMH) is a non-profit organisation comprised of Maori GIS users based in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The name of our organisation reflects how GIS can act as a bird that soars through the skies accumulating spatial references and knowledge. ‘Manu hokai’ was selected at our inaugural AGM at Wairoa Marae, Tauranga on 7 December 2010, and reminds us of how our kaumatua view and illustrate spatial concepts in accordance with oral traditions.

As an indigenous organisation, TKMH is guided by kaupapa Māori principles and values including: Rangatiratanga (self-determination), Whanaungatanga (kinship & relationship building), Manaakitanga (Hospitality), Kotahitanga (unity), Aroha (empathy) and Kaitiakitanga (guardianship).

A key TKMH objective is to advocate for and improve Maori participation in the Geospatial Industry at all levels. As part of this objective, TKMH provides a centralised forum for the sharing of technical expertise, support and generally increasing awareness of GIS technologies and functions via their national conferences.

The four national Māori GIS conferences [Christchurch 2009, Wellington 2010, Rotorua 2012 and Auckland 2013] have provided a critical forum to support Māori GIS practitioners to come together and share, debate and exchange knowledge and ideas.

The conferences have all been well attended with around 100 delegates representing iwi/roopu from Muriwhenua to Murihiku. Presentations have ranged from heritage mapping to environment mapping and monitoring, education analysis to government projects, and more. The conferences are software neutral ones with the predominant focus being on how Māori use GIS as a tool for development and communication.


Google Earth enters Manutuke marae doors

Ngāti Maru descendants have opened the doors of their marae, Te Pahou, in Manutuke to the world. A virtual tour of Te Pahou Marae in Manutuke is part of ‘This is Home’, a Google...

Kia ora koutou, doing a refresh of the website …

Kia ora koutou, doing a refresh of the website this week, we’re looking for content, and photographs to feature, could you get in touch if you’d like your work, marae, rohe featured?

Te Kahui Manu Hokai shared Google Earth’s post.

Google Earth Do you work with indigenous communities to create maps? Google Earth Outreach and our partners will welcome more than 200 community mapping practitioners from across North America to the 2017 Indigenous Mapping...

Indigenous Mapping Wananga 2017

Indigenous Mapping Wananga 2017 What do you get for your $300 attendance fees: Three days of hands on geospatial training using Google, Esri, QGIS by Google and Indigenous trainers from Aotearoa, Italy, Costa Rica...

Te Kahui Manu Hokai shared Digital Navigators …

Digital Navigators Ltd Indigenous Mapping Waananga ’17 Spokesperson Moka Apiti talks to Dale Husband from Radio Waatea about the waananga. https://secure.zeald.com/uma/play_podcast/x_podlink/NTM2MDQ=/

Indigenous Mapping Wananga 2017

Indigenous Mapping Wananga 2017 E ngaa mana, e ngaa reo, e ngaa karangamaha o te ao, tena koutou… Hei te tekau ma ono o ngaa ra, tae atu ki tekau ma waru o ngaa...

Tumeke Aaria!

Congratulations Aaria! What an amazing opportunity.


Google Earth Pro now FREE!

In 2015 Google Earth Pro was released as a free download by Google, previously it required a $400 yr subscription. Features of Earth Pro: Use advanced GIS data importing features to your advantage Measure...

Te Kahui Manu Hokai shared Grow GIS NZ’s event.

Te Kahui Manu Hokai shared Grow GIS NZ’s event. Māori GIS wānanga Māori GIS wānanga Whakarato i te kaha o te wahi – Sharing the power of where! A practical workshop for beginners wanting...

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Celebrate GIS Day and map the history of cartography and GIS on our timeline – Geoawesomeness geoawesomeness.com Dear Geo-Geeks, for 2015 GIS Day we aim to do something truly Geoawesome and we would like...

Te Kahui Manu Hokai shared a link.

How drones are helping conservation – National – NZ Herald News nzherald.co.nz What have drones got to do with native plants? – New Zealand Herald

Te Kahui Manu Hokai shared a link.

Mapping initiative to help freshwater species radionz.co.nz An organiser of an East Coast hapū initiative to map the land and waterways says the move will help to combat the rapid decline of freshwater species.

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Aquarium of the Pacific | News | Aquarium Recognized for Use of GIS aquariumofpacific.org Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

Huia Pacey’s Masters Thesis focuses on Maori …

Huia Pacey’s Masters Thesis focuses on Maori mapping and GIS. She’s a trailblazer not only for Maori but also for Maori woman in the field of GIS. He wahine toa, he wahine whai mana! Nga mihi hoki e te tuakana!

WAIKATO – Women in Spatial – Career paths in the …

WAIKATO – Women in Spatial – Career paths in the Geospatial Industry
Women in Spatial
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (NZST)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Cost: Free




Kia ora ano koutou

Ngā mihi ki a tatau ngā kaimahi GIS. This second panui gives further details regarding PLACE 2015, the fifth software neutral Maori GIS conference to be held at the Waitaha Room at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands, 10th to 12 June 2015.


Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands. Tau Henare Drive, Paihia Ph 09-4027411
email. [email protected]

9am Wednesday 10th June through to 1pm Friday 12th June


As previously advised, in keeping with the kaupapa of capacity building, for those small roopu who have tiny budgets and huge workloads, we have kept to a conference registration fee at an affordable $100 per delegate.

Please note that late registrations will incur a $50 penalty. The early bird cut-off date is 1st June, after which time the registration fee will rise to $150, so get online and register early whanau!

Online registrations can be made at PLACE2015 register

Due to the affordability of the registration fee, no one day or two day registration discounts will apply (but if necessary you can send your tono to the Komiti and we’ll have a korero). As with the previous conferences – shared registration fees for delegates from the same roopu will be available for those who need to share attendance at the conference with their colleagues (but hopefully you’ll be able to attend the whole conference). The opportunity for field trips are being investigated as will be a conference dinner and these costs will be additional to the registration fee.


Accomodation, breakfast and dinner is all in the hands of the delegate. We have talked to the Copthorne and they have offered discounted room rates for delegates (see below and use the attached pdf booking when making your booking). Sharing accommodation is always an option so we know delegates will find something that works for them. The hotel has buffet and full cooked breakfast options available and the restaurant is open in the evenings too.

Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands
Standard Garden View Room – $110 per night
Superior Harbour View Room – $120 per night
Superior Plus Water View Room – $160 per night
Water view Suite – $180 per night

There are other accommodation options within walking distance to the venue from backpackers to motels. Our local komiti member is checking these out for you to see how we can make it affordable.

If backpackers or motels or the hotel is not for you, there is an option for Marae accommodation – just over the short bridge from the venue. Discuss your marae accommodation questions directly with Waitangi Wood at [email protected]
Conference programme

Usually, over 100 delegates representing iwi/roopu from Muriwhenua to Murihiku have attended our conferences as well as many NMO (non Maori organisations). Presentations have ranged from how to go about procuring GIS capability to environment mapping and monitoring, managing Maori GIS projects to iwi heritage mapping, government projects, and more. This year, our hui will again include a presentation from our international indigenous whanau (via Skype) and we are planning to continue the technical workshops that proved popular last conference.
As with our previous conferences, vendors and agencies will be on-site with the latest in GIS software technology and projects, providing the opportunity to ask them for advice or answer some burning questions.
We have a couple of minor changes to our conference format that we think you’ll be happy with and we’ll let you know as soon as we confirm them.
Call for Presentations
PLACE 2015 (People, Landscape, Assets, Communication, Education)
We’re getting excited over the range of presentations that are being offered but there’s still space left. If you are doing GIS projects and would like to share your experiences with us, we encourage and invite past and new presenters to submit a presentation outline to
[email protected] and providing us with:
A short paragraph about your presentation; and
A short profile about yourself for the conference programme

The presentations should focus on Maori GIS related projects relevant to Maori aspirations and follow a very simple format: You are asked to deliver a 15 minute presentation and participate in a panel discussion afterwards with the rest of your theme presenters.
If you have an exciting old or new technical session you would like to run (technical sessions are within each theme) we encourage you to submit a technical workshop outline too!
And, let us know if you are interested in a spot in the very popular lightning talks (currently on Thursday 11th June).
Presentation notification
All submitted outlines will be forwarded to the komiti for consideration and you will be will be notified as soon as possible.
We welcome your enquiry if you are interested in providing sponsorship or have some other form of tautoko that you would like to offer. Please let one of the komiti know or email [email protected]
No reira e hoa ma, kia tau te manaakitanga,
Nga mihi maioha, Na matou, Te Komiti o Te Kahui Manu Hokai





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Te Kahui Manu Hokai would like to invite you to …

Te Kahui Manu Hokai would like to invite you to attend our 2013 Maori GIS Conference.

Now is the time to consider developing a presentation, technical workshop, or to gain support from your organisation to attend.

Fees will again be held at $100 per attendee. A draft Agenda is being developed.
Leaders from the maori world will be speaking about how spatial information has provided benefits to their work and communities.

We will be hosting a delegation from the Iraqi government who will be speaking on their experiences, and their personal links with not one, but two members of our TKMH Komiti.

There will be sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, as well as the option to attend both PLACE 2013 and the Esri User Conference which follows immediately after PLACE 2013.