Who is GiC?

New Zealand GIS In Conservation (GiC) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation set up in 2012 to foster and support the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) by volunteer conservation groups and iwi working in conservation throughout New Zealand.

GiC works with not-for-profit groups who have, or plan to, set up volunteer conservation programs and projects that would benefit from the use of GIS to help collect, record, visualise (map) and share data with their volunteers and stakeholders. Many of these groups will be registered with Charities Services because, like GiC, they depend primarily on donations from grants agencies and volunteers to help run them.

Like most groups we work with, we are made up of a committee of passionate GIS and conservation-focused volunteers including:

  • Parker Jones – Co-Chair
  • Bonita Gestro – Co-Chair
  • Keith Levy – Treasurer
  • Jasmin Callosa-Tarr – Secretary
  • Bernard Smith
  • Karl Majorhazi
  • Martin Slimin
  • Kaf Henderson

A few of our people in action below:

Our Chairman, Parker Jones, with a catch from a possum trap he monitors

Keith Levy (right – our former Treasurer) at Pencarrow Heads looking for Banded Dotterel nests with Owen Spearpoint (GWRC)

Bonita Gestro at the NZ Esri User Conference in 2016

Jasmin Callosa-Tarr (bottom) with Parker Jones (top right) and Scott Bailey (SCGIS Scholar 2014)