A busy and exciting programme has been planned for GeoCart'2018! Two keynote addresses will be held each day in the main auditorium. Paper presentations will be split between two concurrent morning and afternoon sessions. There will be lightning talks and poster competitions for young geospatial professionals, a conference-wide poster session, and the NZCS Map Awards judging ceremony.

Wednesday evening kicks off the after-hours social schedule with the Ice Breaker networking function. The Gala Dinner at the waterfront Dockside restaurant will take place on Thursday. Women in Spatial are planning a function with a special guest speaker (to be announced soon). Friday, after the conference conclusion, several excursions will be offered to unique and interesting places around Wellington.

GeoCart conferences are a wonderful venue to meet and get to know New Zealand's cartographic and geospatial community. Come join us and experience all the great things on offer at GeoCart'2018.


GeoCart'2018 boasts a very full schedule, featuring six keynote speakers, a panel discussion with the keynotes, 12 paper sessions comprising 54 presentations, a poster session, Young Geospatial Competition lightning talks, the Ice Breaker Reception and Gala Dinner evening socials, and the National Map Exhibition.

The conference will open with a very special presentation by the Hon. Eugenie Sage, Minister for Land Information.

With a wide variety of topics from academia, professionals, and enthusiasts, we are sure there will be something for everyone. Be sure to click the Paper Sessions below for more details.

Note: this schedule is dependent upon speaker availability and may be changed if necesary. In the event of a schedule adjustment, impacted presenters will be notified.

Ice Breaker


A social gathering to kick off the conference in style. Come, break the ice and get to know each other! Enjoy an evening of drinks and canapés in the friendly and treasured atmosphere of the National Library of New Zealand.

Venue: National Library of New Zealand | Corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
Date: Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 18:00 - 20:00
Entry: Full 3-Day or Ice Breaker ticket required

Gala Dinner


The Gala Dinner for GeoCart'2018 will again be hosted at the acclaimed Dockside restaurant on Wellington's beautiful waterfront.  Join us for an evening of excellent company and a 3-course plated dinner.

Venue: Dockside Restaurant | Shed 3, Queen's Wharf, Wellingon
Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 18:00 - 23:00
Entry: Full 3-Day or Gala Dinner ticket required

Women in Spatial Lunch


Women in Spatial will be hosting a special presentation during lunch on Thursday.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Linda Beale.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Studying geography in the 1980's was rarely considered the start of a career path, unless of course you wanted to become a geography teacher! As GIS became more widespread, this changed. Early Geographical Systems were command line software for professionals and required knowledge in geographical analysis, statistics, cartography, programming, and databases. Technology has continued to grow apace and the advent of GPS and smart phones has made digital maps ubiquitous. So, what does someone working in GIS have to offer when both technology and software have become accessible to the non-GIS expert? Is spatial special, does it no longer require a professional to use a GI System, and what has become of GI Science? This talk will explore the changing landscape in GIS though examples taken from years in academia in the UK to, more recently, the GIS software industry in the USA.

Venue: Auditorium | National Library
Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 12:30
Entry: All welcome

Programme Committee

Review Panel

  • Geoff Aitken - New Topo (NZ)
  • Mark Bagnall - Alexander Turnbull Library (NZ)
  • Linda Beale - ESRI (USA)
  • Lars Brabyn - University of Waikato (NZ)
  • Aileen Buckley - ESRI (USA)
  • Roger Carman - Land Information New Zealand (NZ)
  • William Cartwright - RMIT University (Aus)
  • Mairéad de Róiste - Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • Igor Drecki - University of Auckland (NZ)
  • Daniel Exeter - University of Auckland (NZ)
  • Chris Fleet - National Library of Scotland (UK)
  • Amy Griffin - RMIT University (Aus)
  • Peter Knight - Geomatics NZ (NZ)
  • Greg Leonard - University of Otago (NZ)
  • Shannon L. McColley - Land Information New Zealand (NZ)
  • Chris McDowall - Independent (NZ)
  • David Medyckyj-Scott - Landcare Research (NZ)
  • Aubrey Miller - University of Otago (NZ)
  • Antoni Moore - University of Otago (NZ)
  • Geoff O'Malley - Land Information New Zealand (NZ)
  • Judy Rodda - University of Otago (NZ)
  • Jon Tunnicliffe - University of Auckland (NZ)
  • Brendan Whyte - National Library of Australia (Aus)

Committee Chairs

  • Antoni Moore - University of Otago (NZ)
  • Igor Drecki - University of Auckland (NZ)
  • Brendan Whyte - National Library of Australia (Aus)

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