Conference Highlights

A glimpse of highlights to expect at the New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference 2022.

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Keynote Speakers Kura Moeahu Jannat Maqbool Postgraduate Lunch Workshops He Hīkonga Tangata, He Ara Mātauranga Māori Place Names and Geographical Terms around Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington Reality Capture in AEC and GIS Metadata Geospatial Education Presentations Lightning Talks Posters Papers Abstracts Networking

Keynote Speakers: Kura Moeahu, Jannat Maqbool

Kura Moeahu

Kura Moeahu has strong mana whenua ties to Te Āti Awa Taranaki Whanganui here within Te Whanganui a Tara, Wellington and strong whakapapa connections to the eight tribes of Taranaki and Ngāti Toa. Born and raised in Wainuiomata and around his marae in Waiwhetū.

He is a tribal leader for his people, who is passionately involved with his iwi governance, Chair of Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa, Waiwhetū Marae, Harbour Island Kaitiaki Board, and Waiwhetū Pa Reservation No.4.

Kura is the current Tumu Whakarae / Principal Adviser, Māori to Parliament, ensuring that the tikanga of the mana whenua, Te Āti Awa Taranaki Whānui is upheld and promoted throughout Parliamentary precinct, central and local government, the education sector, private and public sector within the tribal boundaries of Te Atiawa Taranaki Whānui.

A true orator of his people, who is steeped in ancient karakia and whakapapa. He enjoys playing the guitar, composing songs, and spending time with whānau. “Although people see me in suits – I am a pa boy at heart.”

He aha te kai a te rangatira? He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.

(What is the food of chiefs? It is communication, it is listening, it is knowledge.)

Jasmin Callosa-Tarr

Jasmin is the APAC Technical Leader and NZ Spatial Lead for Jacobs. She is also the current Spatial Stream Chair for Survey and Spatial NZ, Deputy Chair for NZ Esri Users Group and Secretary for the NZ GIS for Conservation. Jasmin is currently involved in various transport, resilience, climate change, environmental, power and water projects to enable visualisation, create insights, engage with stakeholders, and integrate with other digital solutions.

  • Studied Geography at University of the Philippines and Emergency Management at Massey University
  • A GIS Professional for 16 years in New Zealand
  • A GIS Research Analyst at the International Rice Research Institute
  • Involved in Participatory GIS and conservation projects in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa
  • Involved with the “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” project

Curiosity, Strategic, Analytic, Contributive and Creative is Jasmin’s personal and professional branding. She is passionate about sharing her gifts and uniqueness in any part of her life. As a leader, Jasmin believes in inspiring and mentoring innovative and curious people who can freely and effectively use their knowledge and talent to create better communities that we live in.


We have a pre-conference workshop on Geovisual Analytics (in association with the GeoCart’2022) on 27 or 28 August 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed) –  facilitated by Linda Beale and Ian Muehlenhaus from Esri.

Workshop Name:

He Hīkonga Tangata, He Ara Mātauranga:
Māori Place Names and Geographical Terms around Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington

Date: 29 August Time: 1-5 PM

The 4-hour workshop will start in front of Te Rau Karamu Marae at Massey University, Wellington Campus, and involve a guided bus tour discussing the history of Māori names of various locations.

Sponsored by Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

Postgraduate Lunch

A great opportunity to network with your peers from around New Zealand and learn about their research!

We will also have an informal discussion with guest speakers who will talk about the ins and outs of academic publishing and your career paths with a geospatial degree! We will make sure it’s a friendly and supportive atmosphere and that you have plenty of inspiration to take away afterwards! 

For us to better prepare for the lunch, please email us with a little bit about yourself:

  • A one-paragraph description of your research topic or interests;
  • One question you have about doing a PhD, writing/publishing peer-reviewed geospatial articles, or planning a career in geospatial science.