This tool was created to assist anyone with an interest in Māori land to access and visualise environmental data of Māori land blocks. Available to assist anyone with an interest in Māori land it was designed to answer four primary questions

The environmental data for each Māori land block has been modelled and interpreted to give basic information on land resource characteristics, versatility for use (e.g. degree of limitation), land suitability, sustainable land use recommendations and land potential.


The data used in this tool is sourced from national databases maintained by several organisations.

These data sources are subject to specific copyright law, licenses and data use agreements – refer to the links below. Use of this data is not covered by the permissions granted in the use of the Whenua Māori Visualisation Website. You should also familiarise yourself with the Terms of Use of this site.

Use Dataset Organisation
Soil properties analysis Fundamental Soil Layers
( North Island , South Island )
Landcare Research
Land use capability analysis NZ Land Resource Inventory Land Use Capability Landcare Research
Soil Drainage FSL Soil Drainage Landcare Research
Historical Vegetation Predicted Pre-human Vegetation Landcare Research
Current Vegetation Land Cover Database v4.1 Landcare Research
Current Wetland extent Wetland database Landcare Research
Historical Wetland extent Wetland database Landcare Research
Climate Surfaces Generated and derived climate surfaces Landcare Research
Māori land block data Māori Land Information Base Māori Land Court
Place name search DigitalNZ search API DigitalNZ
Regional and urban area boundaries 2009 Census boundary data (NZMG) Statistics New Zealand

Note that for Title Information there may be a slight variation in areas due to the way they are calculated.

Important notes on this version of the tool

This website is an updated prototype version of a Māori land visualisation tool developed by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research from work carried out between July 2009 and July 2012, and also a phase 2 between 1 November 2018 and 31 December 2020, under contract to and in partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri.

The Māori land block (cadastral) information used in this demonstration tool is is administered and owned by Ministry of Justice and the Māori Land Court. The Ministry of Justice website, Māori Land Online, is the authoritative source.

Note that the cadastral information used in this tool was last updated in February 2017.

Please read our terms of use statement to learn more.

Previous Project sponsor

Te Puni Kokiri

Developed by

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research        Swirling World


We would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their help and support during this project.

Ministry of Justice       Māori Land Court        DigitalNZ

Version: 2.6.0-build-1365-master