Maori GIS Association National Conference | PLACE 2013 17-18th August 2013

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He Panui Tuatahi

Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa ra!

Nei ra te karanga tuatahi ki a koutou nga kaimahi GIS me nga karangaranga maha e whai ana tenei kaupapa whaitake.

Te Kahui Manu Hokai / Maori GIS Association are pleased to announce that the fourth annual software neutral GIS (Geographic Information Systems) conference for Maori practitioners and those roopu interested in how GIS applications might assist them in their Iwi Hapu Whanau development journey, PLACE 2013 will be held on August 17 and 18 at the SkyCity Conference Centre, Auckland.

The TKMH conference will precede the 2013 Esri User Conference at the same venue commencing on the 19th through to the 21st August. TKMH has capitalised on an opportunity to showcase Maori GIS practitioners and what they are doing to the wider GIS industry within NZ. We are also, in association with Eagle technology, hoping to offer discounted rates for those attending our conference to attend parts or all of the Esri User Conference. More details will follow soon.

Eagle Technology and the NZ Esri User Group have applauded TKMH for taking the initiative to assist in creating a larger geospatial event that has not been done before. Although this brings opportunities for more collaboration between Maori and the wider geospatial community, however TKMH is clear that we shall continue to maintain our own identity and integrity.

The name of our organisation, Te Kahui Manu Hokai was gifted to us by a local kaumatua at the inaugural AGM held at Wairoa Marae, Tauranga in 2010 who perceived GIS to be like a bird that soars through the skies utilising and accumulating knowledge of what can be seen from above. Manu Hokai describes how the taiao can be seen and described in a spatial sense, which aligns with the oral traditions handed down to us by our tupuna.

We remain committed to being software neutral, so if you use Esri or MapInfo or Geomedia or Open Source or just have an interest in what is happening in GIS within Te Ao M?ori the conference is an opportunity to share and learn. In keeping with the kaupapa of capacity building, for those small roopu who have tiny budgets and huge workloads, we remain committed to keeping the conference registration fee at an affordable $100 per delegate (please note late registrations will incur a $50 penalty, so register early whanau!).

The 3rd annual national M?ori GIS conference was held at the Distinction Hotel, Rotorua on May 2012. Due to previous requests from iwi delegates, a pre-conference place-names seminar was held at the same venue. 34 of the 35 delegates that attended the pre conference seminar attended the national GIS conference which in itself had 123 delegates attend. Presentations 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 is our opportunity to continue the journey.

For more information and registration please go to our web site – tekahuimanuhokai.org.nz/place2013

Please feel free to forward to this Panui to your networks.

Nga mihi
Te Kahui Manu Hokai, Komiti.

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