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MGI newsletter 2, August 2021 
Welcome to the second edition of our newsletter for the New Zealand Marine Geospatial Information Working Group (NZMGI-WG) and our wider community. We hope you all are doing well in your bubbles and keeping safe.

A lot has happened since March! The Steering Group has been busy publishing material to support organisations in undertaking their MGI stocktakes and preparing our next annual Working Group meeting.

Haere rā, haere mai

Sorrel O’Connel-Milne (local government representative from Environment Southland) and Paul Trudgian (New Zealand Defence Force) have changed roles and are stepping back from supporting the MGI Steering Group. Thank you both for the great support you provided to the NZMGI-WG over the last few years.

We welcome Matt James (NZDF) who will be taking over Paul.

Oliver Wade (Marlborough District Council) and Stephen Hunt (Waikato Regional Council) will carry on representing local government.

MGI work programme updates

Road map

Following the completion of the MGI stocktake guidance and MGI metadada guidance, we will be focusing on supporting organisations to undertake their own MGI stocktakes, publishing the national MGI Inventory, and developing use cases to illustrate innovation and reuse of MGI across the system.

You can see from the green lights on the diagram below that all projects are currently on track. Feel free to comment on the road map, suggest further items or changes, and if you would like to contribute, we would love to hear from you! Tune into the Slack channel #work-plan or email us at with 'Attn: NZMGI Work Programme’ in the subject line.

MGI is findable and accessible

MGI stocktake guidance

The learnings from the initial phase of the MGI stocktakes have now been pulled together into an MGI stocktake guidance document. This will support organisations undertaking their own MGI stocktakes and contributing to the national MGI Inventory. It covers the benefits of undertaking a stocktake and how to plan, publish and maintain it, with options for resourcing the stocktake, and other supporting material and tips.
MGI stocktake guidance

MGI themes

We have also published recommendations about MGI data themes to support consistency in data management, discovery, publication and reuse of MGI. The categories draw on NZMGI-WG feedback from our first meeting in 2019 as well as several international initiatives (i.e. IHO MSDI WG, AusSeabed, Australian Ocean Data Network).
MGI themes

MGI metadata guidance

We have also published recommendations about MGI data themes to support consistency in data management, discovery, publication and reuse of MGI. The categories draw on NZMGI-WG feedback from our first meeting in 2019 as well as several international initiatives (i.e. IHO MSDI WG, AusSeabed, Australian Ocean Data Network).
MGI themes

Collaboration and communication

MGI webpages

We've update our MGI webpages with new content:
  • We've renamed the MGI work programme page to Finding and accessing MGI. This is where you can find the MGI stocktake guidance document and helpful information on MGI portals.
  • We've added a new page called Managing and reusing MGI, where you can access the Metadata guidelines, MGI themes and use cases.
  • We've also added a new page called Understanding hydrographic data which shows you what data is collected during hydrographic surveys and how to collaborate.
Check out the MGI webpages


General updates

Save the date: 28 October 2021 is our next MGI-WG meeting

We are excited to be running our next MGI-WG meeting on Thursday 28 October (initially planned 3 September). The meeting will be held from 9am to 4pm at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment building located at 15 Stout Street, Wellington. Please respond to the meeting invite so we can plan seats and catering. The meeting will also be held online for those of you who cannot make it in person and in case COVID alert levels mean we’re not able to physically meet.

Make sure to pencil the date in your calendar - this will be your chance to:
  • learn best practice MGI management. The MGI Steering Group will be presenting on Marine Data Themes and MGI Metadata guidance.
  • find out how to get involved in the national MGI Inventory. Discover the newly published MGI Stocktake guidance and how easy it is to contribute to the national inventory.
  • have your say and shape the future work programme
  • listen to marine experts about innovative MGI projects. Let us know if you want to speak about your own work.
If you haven’t received an invite yet, drop us an email at with 'Attn: NZMGI-WG meeting’ in the subject line.

First public offering of hydrography and cartography training in Australasia

Starting in September 2021, IIC Technologies will run hydrographic surveyor courses:
  • FIG/IHO/ICA S-5 Category B Hydrographic Surveyors Course
  • S-8 Category B Nautical Cartographers course.
Hydrographic Surveyors Course

The S-5B Hydrographic Surveyors program is designed to start a career in hydrography. The course is delivered as a combination of 16 weeks of theoretical online learning, and seven weeks of practical training and assessment delivered in Warrnambool, Victoria, in partnership with Deakin University

Find more information or register

Contact the IIC hydrographic team

Nautical Cartographers course

The IIC S-8B Nautical Cartographers course is designed to start a career in nautical charting. The course combines theory and practicals, giving students the required skills in nautical chart production. The duration of the course is 22 weeks, but students will have 30 weeks to complete the programme.

Find out more or register

Contact the IIC cartographers’ team

Both courses are recognised by the FIG/IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC):


In addition, these courses are unique as they have been approved for delivery to maximise online and distance learning methodologies, making them more flexible for students, more cost effective and less likely to be impacted by COVID-19.
For any queries please contact David at

Upcoming events


NZMGI-WG meeting

Our next NZMGI-WG meeting will held on Thursday 28 October in Wellington.
NZMGI-WG meeting 2021

Women In Spatial (WIS)

The WIS Division of Survey and Spatial NZ connects women in the spatial community, without being exclusive to women. Everyone is welcome to join the events programmed in the next few months. A mentoring lunch will be held at Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand in Wellington on 15 September 2021.
WIS Division

ESRI conference

The NZ ESRI User Conference is the largest annual gathering of the NZ GIS community. This year the conference is a 1-day event held virtually on 14 September.
NZ Esri User Conference 2021

The Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference

The Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference 2021 is being held from 28 November to 1 December 2021 in Christchurch.
This is an amalgamation of the 29th New Zealand Coastal Society Conference, the 25th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 18th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. The conference will focus on the present and future challenges of adapting coastal communities.

Opportunities will be provided to:
  • focus on challenges and solutions for port resilience,
  • impacts and responses to catastrophic events,
  • explore how local and indigenous values can be represented in coastal management.
Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference 2021

Share your work with the MGI community

We look forward to seeing you at the NZMGI-WG meeting in October.  In the meantime, send any submissions for the next newsletter edition to with 'Attn: NZMGI Newsletter’ in the subject line. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your network so we can grow the NZMGI community!

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