Frequently Asked Questions. Here are some common questions about the Indigenous Mapping Waananga.

What is IMW2018?

The Indigenous Mapping Waananga 2018 is a set of practical hands-on training workshops in the use of state of the art geospatial technologies. It is on from September 11-13 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Participants will work with mapping experts from around the world and learn from the leading global technology companies.

Who should attend?

The Indigenous Mapping Waananga is for Indigenous practitioners working in the GIS area. It is an ideal forum for Indigenous communities – particularly beginner or immediate GIS users – to gain experience and learn new skills to support the digital capture, data management, and storage of data.

IMW208 uses a workshop-based format so participants get hands-on experience working with live data. Therefore, familiarity with either Google mapping tools, ESRI, or other Open source tools will ensure participants gain maximum benefit from the waananga.

Why should I attend?

IMW2018 aims to create digital mapping capabilities within iwi that will advance Maaori aspirations from the harakeke roots up. You will learn how Indigenous communities can benefit from this technology in areas such as asset management, land use decisions or visualising iwi tribal histories.

Participants will increase their digital fluency and be well placed to support whaanau, hapuu and iwi to capture and share their traditional histories. First Nations Indigenous mapping specialists The Firelight Group will share the effective digital methods they have developed in Canada.

What will I learn?

Subjects covered at IMW2018 include:

–          How and where to access Geospatial information

–          How to digitally capture wāhi tapu sites through either ERSI, Google or QGIS

–          Overlaying historical ML survey plans and capturing the information they hold

–          How to produce a custom map of the work you have designed during the wānanga using either Google Earth/Maps, ESRI Storymaps or QGIS

–          Data Protection, online access, confidentiality, ownership and intellectual property

–          Environmental monitoring

–          Geospatial data capture, maintenance, access and storage

–          Visualisation using 3D flythroughs.

How much does it cost?

$350+GST covers three days of hands-on learning from some of the best mapping and geospatial technology experts in the world.

What do I have to bring?

A laptop and mouse is the minimum requirement for IMW2018 while a smartphone will also be beneficial. We encourage participants to bring a mouse as it makes your work much easier and more accurate.

Can I attend for just one or two days?

All participants at IMW2018 are expected to participate in all three days of the waananga. This ensures maximum benefit and complies with the technological demands of some of the software platforms being used.

Do I need a laptop and or mobile phone?

Ae ra, absolutely you’ll need both!!! A mouse to support your mahi on your laptop will be quite useful too. Unfortunately, we’re not a big corporate or iwi entity with hardware to support attendees. A smart phone will be useful too if you have it .

I do a lot of mahi with my whaanau and hapuu, collecting korero about the old people and things that happened around my rohe. I do not have much experience with mapping or the internet, can I still come??

Ae ra!!! Absolutely. Engari, please make an attempt to watch a few of the tutorials beforehand to ensure you’re up to speed with what we’ll be doing at the waananga.

Apply and tell us how you’ll share what you learn with your whaanau and hapuu!!! This will be an opportunity to meet others who are in the same waka and find out how you can support each other to use these rauemi.