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Nau mai, haere mai!

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Welcome Cartographers and Cartographiles! We're glad you're here. NZCS is an incorporated society open to anyone with an interest in the study, production, and use of maps. From geographers to geospatialists, and everyone in between, we love maps and our mission is to promote the development of cartography in all its forms.

Upcoming Events: ICC 2023 conference (Cape Town, South Africa) | 14-18 August 2023

  • Sep 19 2023  
    News: Headlines

    Celebration of Life: Igor Drecki


    We invite all of Igor's friends and colleagues to join us in Wellington on Friday, 3 November, to celebrate Igor's life and legacy. We will convene at 12 p.m. in the National Library Auditorium, with refreshments to follow around 3 p.m. There will be a mix of speakers and presentations, and we encourage everyone to submit their memories and stories using the form on the page linked below. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be recorded and (hopefully) streamed online (Zoom details to be announced).

    For more information and to share your thoughts, visit Celebration of Life: Igor Drecki.

  • Aug 04 2023  
    News: NZCS

    In Memorium: Igor Drecki


    It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of our dear friend, colleague, and Vice President, Igor Drecki.  Igor and his wife, Iwona, were killed in a tragic car accident on 26 August.

    Igor's drive and seemingly ceaseless energy for all things cartographic was infectious. He was one of those lucky people who turned their passion into a career, and he always had a dozen projects underway.  Igor's legacy is all around us, from university walking maps to GeoCart, CartoPRESS books to the ICA News and, most importantly, his fervent dedication to the NZ Cartographic Society, which he helped revive in the 1990s and has been a driving force behind ever since.  Over the years, Igor honed his talents while working at Wises, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the University of Auckland, and finally the Alexander Turnbull Library.  He built a knowledge of NZ cartographic history that was second to none, he spearheaded the digitisation of our national map archive, he cultivated an amazing network of international connections, and he was determined that the art of cartography should be promoted in all its forms at every opportunity.  His work will endure and continue to shape NZ cartography for decades to come.

    Originally from Poland, Igor and Iwona came to NZ on their honeymoon and loved our little country so much they never left. Eventually, they were joined here by Igor's brother and family, and his parents. Our thoughts are with their entire whānau, but most especially with Igor and Iwona's daughters, who have suffered an unimaginable loss.  Igor and Iwona were amazing people with the biggest hearts, and their absence leaves a hole that can never be filled.

    The funeral mass will be next Thursday, August 10th, at 11 a.m. at Saint Thomas More Church in Glenfield, Auckland. For friends and colleagues unable to attend the funeral, we will be planning a memorial in Wellington with details to be announced soon.

    Those of us on the Committee are still reeling in shock and disbelief, but Igor would want us to come together and carry on...so for him we will. Aroha to you all.

  • May 25 2023  
    News: Events

    State of New Zealand Cartography 2023 seminar

    NZCS will be hosting a one day seminar -- "State of New Zealand Cartography 2023" -- at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington on 7 July, 2023. 


    The full-day seminar will consist of short presentations from a variety of organisations and individuals about recent and current mapping activities.  Light refreshments will be provided.


    Registration is open but space is limited, so save your seat today. We hope to see you there!

  • Mar 29 2023  
    News: Children's Map Competition

    Children's Map Competition 2023 winners


    A big thank you to all of the students who entered the New Zealand Children’s Map Competition 2023!  Winning maps will represent New Zealand at the international Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition in Cape Town.

    The winning entries are visible on the Children's Map Competition Winners page.


  • Sep 06 2022  
    News: Events

    Where Cartography Meets Industry: Asia Pacific

    IMIA is hosting a virtual Zoom seminar, Where Cartography Meets Industry: Asia Pacificon 28 September 2022. Former NZCS President Roger Smith will be one of the featured speakers.  Visit the seminar website for more information and to register.


  • Sep 06 2022  
    News: NZCS

    Introducing the 2022-2024 NZCS Committee

    Following the BGM held at GeoCart'2022, NZCS is pleased to announce its new Committee for 2022-2024.  Our deep thanks to outgoing President Roger Smith for all his hard work and leadership the past several years.


    President: Tony Moore
    Vice President: Igor Drecki
    Secretary: Shannon McColley
    Treasurer: Brent Brady
    Representatives: Emory Beck, Maíread de Róiste, Benjamin Jones, and Andrew Tyrrell

  • Jun 30 2022  
    News: GeoCart Conference

    National Map Exhibition 2022 reminder

    Just a reminder to all that submissions to the NZCS National Map Exhibition are still open. If you like making maps and have one to submit, please do!  Visit the GeoCart'2022 website for more details and to download the entry form.  We look forward to seeing your talents on display in Wellington!