New Zealand: A new tool designed to give Māori land owners, researchers, local government and other interested users a clear picture of freehold land was officially launched by Courts Minister, Georgina te Heuheu. “The launch of the Maori land GIS Project heralds a new dawn in the history of Māori land management and utilisation,” te Heuheu said.
“The system offers a “one-stop-shop” source of information to assist Māori, locate their land interests and identify opportunities to improve its management and development,” the Minister commented. The new system will provide accurate geospatial information for Māori land blocks and be accessible through an internet portal to allow Māori land owners, and the wider public, to search and download information.
The portal uses Google technology and information from LINZ to provide instant visual pictures and maps of the type and location of land which can then be used to compile reports.
“One of the many benefits is that the system has been future-proofed and designed so that it can be updated as technology advances, allowing the potential to add layers of information in the future,” the Minister added.