This prototype was created to assist anyone with an interest in Māori land access and visualise environmental data of Māori land blocks. It was designed to answer four primary questions. These questions were initially designed for Māori land owners, but the tool is available to assist anyone with an interest in Maori land.

The environmental data for each Maori 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 links below. Use of this data is not covered by the permissions granted in use of this Visualising Māori Land website.

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 v2 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 parcel 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

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: 1.3.0-build-1036-develop