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Help wanted for a study on Otago skink populations …

Help wanted for a study on Otago skink populations …

Help wanted for a study on Otago skink populations using citizen science to identify skinks in camera footage online – details below.

DOC are using GPS technology to track juvenile …

DOC are using GPS technology to track juvenile …

DOC are using GPS technology to track juvenile kākā in remote regions to improve understanding of where these young birds go once they leave the nest

GiC Committee members Parker Jones, Karl …

GiC Committee members Parker Jones, Karl Majorhazi, Keith Levy and Bonita Gestro doing their bit yesterday to help volunteers in Eastbourne monitoring banded dotterels that will soon be nesting on the local foreshore. We followed with our AGM where Parker Jones is confirmed our Chair, Keith Levy – Treasurer, and Jasmin Collosa-Tarr – Secretary. Committee members confirmed as Karl Majorhazi, Bonita Gestro and Kaf Henderson.

SCGIS Board Members and the 2019 …

SCGIS Board Members and the 2019 Train-the-Trainers including Aaria Dobson-Waitere from NZ – looking forward to hearing all about it when you’re back. Thanks to the NZ Esri User Group for continuing to support our SCGIS Scholars.

Too good to not share – penguins completely …

Too good to not share – penguins completely …

Too good to not share – penguins completely ignored the police and have returned to the sushi shop next to Wellington Railway Station – local penguin and DOC volunteer (and former GiC Committee Member) Mike Rumble called in to help.

Add your story to the SCGIS storymap and let us …

Add your story to the SCGIS storymap and let us …

Add your story to the SCGIS storymap and let us know how your work is helping to bridge the nature-human divide.

Bat maps from NZ Geographic – illustrating the …

Bat maps from NZ Geographic – illustrating the …

Bat maps from NZ Geographic – illustrating the decline in the lesser known short tailed bat due to habitat loss

Amazing intern opportunity for the right person …

Amazing intern opportunity for the right person …

Amazing intern opportunity for the right person with a passion for conservation and GIS with the wonderful team at Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island – details in their latest newsletter, don’t delay applications close soon

Great story from our corporate member GBS about …

Great story from our corporate member GBS about …

Great story from our corporate member GBS about how they’re supporting Glenfern Sanctuary (and yes there’s a link to the great wee web mapping app that provides information on the traps adopted and the species this helps protect). Check it for yourself at https://gbs.kiwi/2019/04/15/glenfern-sanctuary-gbs-adopt-two-rat-traps/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=May19

Free webinar series from SCGIS on ‘conservation …

Free webinar series from SCGIS on ‘conservation …

Free webinar series from SCGIS on ‘conservation remote sensing’ – first episode looks at developing models to predict blue whale distribution.

Excited to announce that Aaria Dobson-Waitere will …

Excited to announce that Aaria Dobson-Waitere will …

Excited to announce that Aaria Dobson-Waitere will be attending the SCGIS Train the Trainer (TTT) Summit this year with support from GiC and the NZ Esri User Group.

NZEUG Regional User Conferences start this month …

NZEUG Regional User Conferences start this month …

NZEUG Regional User Conferences start this month and are happening in a town near you. Register here if you’d like to come along and hear from a range of presenters including the truely inspiring Jospeh Kerski from Esri – https://nzeug.org/welcome/events-2/

The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust website …

The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust website has a map that people can add possible sightings of this ‘extinct’ species (now officially declared ‘data deficient’ by DoC) – how cool is that!
https://nt-nz.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c30ea33620d14d248212b6b6e11681d8

There’s a great story map showing the route the …

There’s a great story map showing the route the …

There’s a great story map showing the route the amazing godwits fly on their epic migratory journey available here http://geodoozer.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=21b0a6ce01954415b79ea7b13d1f0feb

Predator Free 2050, what will it take? Have your …

Predator Free 2050, what will it take? Have your …

Predator Free 2050, what will it take? Have your say here https://www.doc.govt.nz/discuss-pf2050. Feedback closes 30th January.

Did you know leopard seals are also found in New …

Did you know leopard seals are also found in New …

Did you know leopard seals are also found in New Zealand – if you see one you can report a sighting using the web form at www.leopardseals.org

Just in time for the Xmas holidays- a new app from …

Just in time for the Xmas holidays- a new app from …

Just in time for the Xmas holidays- a new app from LINZ that helps crowd source the location of wilding pine (kinda like a Christmas tree gone rouge 🎄)

This guys looks familiar

This guys looks familiar

This guys looks familiar! Great work Scott and Milly – connecting geography with data to help make NZ predator free.

Great article on the use of maps to trace the …

Great article on the use of maps to trace the …

Great article on the use of maps to trace the historic distribution of native species

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https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/articles/howgreenisyourstreet/2018-11-19?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email

An interesting application from the UK.

The 14th November is GIS Day and is celebrated by …

The 14th November is GIS Day and is celebrated by …

The 14th November is GIS Day and is celebrated by GIS folk all around the world – check out the NZ Esri User Group website for an event near you in Aotearoa https://nzeug.org

Congratulations to Scott Sambell and Ethos …

Congratulations to Scott Sambell and Ethos Environmental, a well deserved win, and congratulations to all the other winners at this evenings NZ Spatial Excellence Awards. I think this is the first time we’ve seen a dog (and her human) take out the Supreme Award!

Reminder it’s our annual networking event this …

Reminder it’s our annual networking event this …

Reminder it’s our annual networking event this Thursday from 5.30pm in Wellington. We have three great presenters and light refreshments will be provided. All welcome. If you’re coming please register using the link below.

Congratulations to all the finalists in this years …

Congratulations to all the finalists in this years …

Congratulations to all the finalists in this years NZ Spatial Excellence Awards

Few changes to the GiC Committee following our …

Few changes to the GiC Committee following our …

Few changes to the GiC Committee following our recent AGM, Parker Jones & Bonita Gestro now Co-Chairing, with Jasmin Callosa-Tarr stepping in as our new Secretary, and Keith Levy retiring as Treasurer, leaving this position vacant. Martin Slimin, Karl Majorhazi, Kaf Henderson and Bernard Smith remaining as Committee Members. Thanks everyone and look forward to another great year.

Adventures of a SCGIS Scholar – Sean Bragg’s story …

Adventures of a SCGIS Scholar – Sean Bragg’s story …

Adventures of a SCGIS Scholar – Sean Bragg’s story map of his recent trip to the US as one of the lucky recipients of this years SCGIS Scholarship: https://arcg.is/1CmifX

2018 Indigenous Mapping Wananga, this September in …

2018 Indigenous Mapping Wananga, this September in …

2018 Indigenous Mapping Wananga, this September in Hamilton. Learn from the experts, hands on training in Google, Esri, Mapbox, QGIS and more. Go check it out.

What do you use when you’re presenting at the …

What do you use when you’re presenting at the …

What do you use when you’re presenting at the Women in Spatial (WIS) mid-winters networking event – a story map of course! Thanks to the WIS organising committee for inviting me to share our story. Here’s the link for anyone who missed out – https://arcg.is/1mmv5u

SCGIS Conference will be held in Monterey, CA from …

SCGIS Conference will be held in Monterey, CA from …

SCGIS Conference will be held in Monterey, CA from 15-18th July. Head along to hear from the experts (and this years SCGIS scholars) on how GIS is contributing to conservation around the world.

GiC will be at Restoration Day 2018 on 26th May, …

GiC will be at Restoration Day 2018 on 26th May, in Stokes Vallyey, Lower Hutt. Further details and registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/restoration-day-2018-connecting-communities-people-plants-pests-registration-42300812870

Congratulations to Aaria Dobson-Waitere who has …

Congratulations to Aaria Dobson-Waitere who has been selected as this years SCGIS Train the Trainer recipient. Each year, SCGIS picks one scholar from the previous year’s scholarship program to attend the Train the Trainer course and learn the specialised skills of teaching others how to use GIS in conservation. Aaria will be heading back to the US for this training mid-year and will also attend the Esri UC and SCGIS conference. Ka pai Aaria.

Auckland Spatial Drinks, sponsored by Interpret …

Auckland Spatial Drinks, sponsored by Interpret …

Auckland Spatial Drinks, sponsored by Interpret Geospatial Solutions on 5th April, check out the link for details
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/auckland-spatial-drinks-april-2018-tickets-44395333638

GiC is on Stuff, great article on the amazing work …

GiC is on Stuff, great article on the amazing work …

GiC is on Stuff, great article on the amazing work done by our volunteers and the community groups we’re working with.

GiC is very pleased to announce that Sean Bragg …

GiC is very pleased to announce that Sean Bragg from Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu has been selected as a SCGIS Scholar for 2018. Sean will be joining the other successful scholars for 6 weeks of GIS conservation focussed training in the USA and will attend the Esri User Conference and SCGIS conference in June-July. Well done Sean.

The seventh annual Geo for Good User Summit is …

The seventh annual Geo for Good User Summit is coming up in October!

The Geo for Good User Summit is a hands-on technical workshop hosted by the Google Earth Outreach team at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. This workshop is designed for mapping & technology specialists in the public benefit sector, who are actively working on projects related to mapping.

Led by the Google Earth Outreach team (with special Google guests), this workshop will teach highly practical tools, which organizations can use to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud.

What: Geo for Good User Summit
When: October 1-4, 2018
Where: Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California

Application Process: To ensure an effective hands-on experience, there will be a limited number of seats. Interested candidates will be asked to apply to attend the workshop.

Cost: Attendance is free, pending approval through Google’s application process.

Stay tuned for an official workshop announcement and invitation to apply in May. In the meantime, please feel free to pass along this save-the-date to potential participants, and encourage them to sign up for our mailing list (http://groups.google.com/group/earthoutreach) to receive the workshop announcement.

NZ GiC would like to congratulate Sean Bragg of Te …

NZ GiC would like to congratulate Sean Bragg of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for being picked as our 2018 candidate to receive the SCGIS Scholarship!

We had many approaches about the scholarship this year, and Sean’s came out on top by our judging panel.

Winning SCGIS Scholars attend:

– Specialized GIS training at the University of California, Davis Campus
– ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro and web-application training at Esri head-office in Redlands, California
– The ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California
– The SCGIS Annual Conference in Monterey Peninsula, California

NZ SCGIS/GiC is allowed to pick one candidate each year to be nominated to US SCGIS who will then pick 15-20 candidates from over 90 applications around the world to receive the scholarship.

As a consolation should Sean not be one of those picked, he will be attending the NZ Esri User Conference. We would like to thank the NZ Esri User Group for their continual financial support of our scholarship program and wish Sean good luck!

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NZ GiS – Here’s what we’ve been up to recently.

NZ GiC Newsletter 01 Welcome to the inaugural NZ GIC quarterly newsletter! We’ll be taking these opportunities to showcase some of the projects undertaken by GIC Volunteers and to give readers an insight into...

Applications for the 2018 SCGIS Scholarship are …

Applications for the 2018 SCGIS Scholarship are …

Applications for the 2018 SCGIS Scholarship are now open and provide a fantastic opportunity for someone newish to GIS within the not for profit conservation/iwi community to receive training and attend next years SCGIS and Esri User conferences. For further information refer http://nzgic.org/scgis/. Please email info@nzgic.org for information on how to apply. Applications close 7th January 2018.

Scott Sambell and Ethos Environmental are using …

Scott Sambell and Ethos Environmental are using …

Scott Sampbell and Ethos Environmental are using real-time sensor traps, maps and GIS to help make NZ predator free. Oh and not forgetting Milly, the conservation dog. You can read all about this in the Esri Blog below or in the following story map http://glenfern.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=70b7c5df780049ce919675d726158054

GiC is helping to make Wellington predator-free …

GiC is helping to make Wellington predator-free …

GiC is helping to make Wellington predator-free through our hosted ArcGIS Online service that make maps and apps (for recording households that have signed-up and reporting catch data) available to participating suburbs. Link to recent blog by Monica Peters below:
https://monicalogues.com/2017/10/09/how-to-set-up-a-predator-free-neighbourhood-post-1/

Very excited to announce that GiC has been named …

Very excited to announce that GiC has been named …

Very excited to announce that GiC has been named as a finalist in this years NZ Spatial Excellence Awards ‘People and Community’ category. Winners will be announced at the dinner in November. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. http://www.nzspatialawards.org.nz/2017-finalists.html

Thanks to everyone who attended last nights GiC …

Thanks to everyone who attended last nights GiC Networking Evening at the beautiful Begonia House at the Botanical Gardens. Special thanks to our presenters Kelvin Hastie, Aaria Dobson-Waitere, Angus Hulme-Moir, Ian Harrison and Bonita Gestro and hosts Wellington City Council.

TURT, the Sea Turtle App that turns tourists into …

TURT, the Sea Turtle App that turns tourists into …

TURT, the Sea Turtle App that turns tourists into citizen scientists using some pretty cool GIS technology.

GiC welcomes the Society Totally Against Moth …

GiC welcomes the Society Totally Against Moth Plant (S.T.A.M.P) to our group. We have an awesome GIS volunteer (Wendy Callaway) who will be helping this group with their GIS & mapping requirements to monitor and eradicate moth plant in East Howick.

GiC’s Annual Networking Evening is on again in …

GiC’s Annual Networking Evening is on again in …

GiC’s Annual Networking Evening is on again in Wellington on Tuesday 19th September. Visit the link below for details and please register if you’re able to make it along.
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/gic-networking-evening-tickets-37080732469

Cultural Conservation of the 360 kind

Cultural Conservation of the 360 kind

Cultural Conservation of the 360 kind!

If you’re interested in sharing 360 Photospheres on streetview of your work, conservation efforts, projects for monitoring over time, the Google Streetview app is free and works on all Android and IPhones – no special equipment needed, the more you take, the easier it is to walk through a site.

First, check under your camera settings to turn on high resolution photospheres and if you setup a google listing for your project, you can then associate photos, videos and 360’s with it for sharing with the world.

You can also see how we used this technology to capture a snapshot in time of Pingao monitoring in Wharekahika earlier this month: gis.ai/pingao

Check out this Virtual Field Trip incorporating Conservation GIS!

Check out this Virtual Field Trip incorporating Conservation GIS!

Check out this Virtual Field Trip led by one of our members working with Students on the East Coast incorporating using GPS and Geospatial for Conservation Monitoring.

Great to catch up with Markus Heke, one of our …

Great to catch up with Markus Heke, one of our former SCGIS Scholars, at the NZ Esri User Conference earlier this week. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the stand, it was great to meet you all.

New ‘Wilding Conifer Information System’ announced …

Last week LINZ has announced the release of the ‘Wilding Conifer Information System’ designed to support efforts to map, monitor and eradicate infestation of wilding conifers through-out the country. This is joint initiative between government agencies, forestry, private landowners and community groups. A public mapping application showing the extent of wilding conifers recorded to date is available in the link below.
http://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/using-crown-property/biosecurity/control-programmes/wilding-conifer-information-system

The Esri User Conference 2017 Plenary video’s are …

The Esri User Conference 2017 Plenary video’s are …

The Esri User Conference 2017 Plenary video’s are now available online. They include lots of inspiring user stories and updates on the ArcGIS roadmap – well worth a look.
http://www.esri.com/videos/watch?videoid=F0WJhgOF9U8&title=Esri%202017%20UC%20Plenary%20Trailer

New Zealand GIS in Conservation shared a link.

Trading biodiversity: gains and risks sciblogs.co.nz Dr John Leathwick Two weeks ago, a vigorous debate was generated by the Supreme Court’s confirmation of a decision striking down the Department of Conservation’s plan to swap...