Please watch our video that helps to explain how to use the Whenua Māori Visualisation Tool.
This website is intended to help Māori land owners and managers find out more about the physical characteristics, constraints and potential of their whenua Māori.
Using the Website
There are three ways to find and query your Māori land blocks:
- Firstly you could type the registered name or block ID of the land block ("Rangitoto A 24B") into the search box on the home page. Any land blocks found containing the search term will be displayed in the search results. Clicking on the search result link will take you to the details page for that land block.
- Secondly, you can use the map (or mouse) controls to zoom in and move around the map. When you have found the land block you want to query, click on it to learn more.
- Finally, if you do not know the registered name or block you can also search the general locality of the land block (e.g. "Rotorua"). Using the search result link for a place will take you to a locality map where you can use the map controls to locate the land block you wish to query.
Once you click on a land block a map bubble will provide some basic information about the selected land block. If this is the land block you wish to query in detail then click on the “more details” link at the bottom of the map bubble.
Using the Map
The map is the key way to locate land blocks and to visualise the locations of the Māori land blocks. There are four key aspects to understand about the map.
- Firstly, the map tools enable the panning and zooming of the map.
- Secondly, the underlying map can be changed based on your personal preference, the default is “Terrain” and provides a representation of the topographic landscape. The other two options are “Map” (providing a cartographic representation of the roads and other features) and “Satellite” (providing satellite images of the landscape).
- Thirdly, the types of information being visualised can be changed based on your preference. There are eleven geospatial layers that you can visualise in relation to the Māori land blocks. These layers range from the “Suitability for forestry” through to the “Historical extents of wetlands”.
- Finally, the legend provides some context in relation to the type of information being visualised.
Land block information pages
Once you have selected a land block to view in more detail a new page will load that contains a range of information about the physical characteristics, constraints and potential of the Māori land block. The information about the land block is split into four sections:
- Title Information (factual information about the block)
- Climate information (average climate statistics for the block)
- Land Capability (information about the capability options)
- Land Cover (current and historical land cover information).
Each of the images provides a description or more detailed information when the mouse cursor hovers over the image. Additional technical information about the attribute is provided via the “Learn More...” link at the bottom of each section.
Understanding the Scientific and Technical Concepts
For more information about the information used in the portal please visit our glossary page.
A more detailed description of the information can be found on our overview of the scientific and technical concepts used in this website.