GBS attended the recent national Maori GIS hui in Pahia. Pahia is such a beautiful place so it was a pleasure to be there enjoying the surrounds with a great group of GIS professionals and enthusiasts. I say enthusiasts because in some instances, the delegates are new to GIS and have such energy to get some more done, along with getting this technology (and accompanying data) out to their iwi, hapu and whanau.
Te Kahui Manu Hokai is the Komiti for the National Maori GIS group. They do great work in organising events and providing training and education to the all that need it via their various contacts. GBS has been proud and privileged to be part of this group for some years (although no longer on the Komiti), but we have supported the national hui when they have been held, since 2009 (the first contemporary event).
We (Tony Elson) got an opportunity to present – and the audience for our presentation couldn’t have been better hand-picked if we tried, given our topic. We talked about “How to get the best out of your GIS Consultant”. Essentially we presented a check list of what clients should be looking for (if you are going to the NZEUC workshops in August, watch out for this lunchtime presentation). The hui itself, was full of contemporary and historical issues and how GIS is helping to provide better information to make better decisions across a number of areas.
Our thanks to the TKMH Komiti for allowing us the opportunity to attend and we look forward to the next event.