The Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau provides a unique opportunity for all branches of the geospatial community to communicate and collaborate on new ideas and directions in this exciting industry. This institute aims to bring together Iwi, business, government and researchers to better serve the geospatial needs of New Zealand, allowing us to deliver to the world, new and groundbreaking research and technology.
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New Zealand Inventory of Dams

The aim of the NZID was to verify geotechnical research proposition regarding earth dam infrastructure in New Zealand. The present scope of work focuses on the development of a standardised, comprehensive, and compatible geospatial data framework as a basis for the NZID.

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Envision Scenario Planner

ESP enables the assessment of alternative regeneration scenarios as to their environmental, social and economic impacts at the neighbourhood scale. Stakeholder engagement is a key component of this research, and the team has been working with diverse planning authorities to assess the suitability and usability of the geospatial toolkit and identify areas for improvement considering local specific needs and priorities across the country

About us


The Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau is a world class centre of interdisciplinary geospatial expertise in New Zealand.

With our interdisciplinary partnership-based geospatial research, we aim to assist NZ Inc. to:


  • Leverage latent value from investments in public and other datasets – Deliver expected productivity gains from smarter use of geospatial data, technologies and analytics
  • Grow geospatial capacity, by providing access to a range of types and levels of geospatial capability
  • Realise the opportunities for geospatial innovation and R&D offered by the scale and nature of the New Zealand jurisdiction
  • Provide ongoing global leadership in the rapidly growing field of indigenous GIS.
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What we do

Geospatial Analysis

Geospatial analysis uses geographic data to make complex spatial relationships understandable, either by maps, graphs or statistics.

Urban Planning

Developing new strategies and tools to improve collaborative planning in Aotearoa New Zealand, by including local knowledge from communities and Rūnanga in town planning.

Geographic Information Science

Geographic Information Science uses software such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to collect, manage, analyse and display geographic information.

Geospatial Software Development

Building new tools to help view and understand the complexities of multiple sets of Geographic Information.



Call for papers for the 2023 regular NZPR Issue and the special issue on geo-spatial techniques in population research.

The New Zealand Population Review is a peer-reviewed open-access journal of population and demography with a focus on New Zealand...
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Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau PhD Scholarship 2023

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) scholarship. Closing date for applications: 30 June 2023,...
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Watch: Ōtautahi Christchurch: the water city?

Watch: Ōtautahi Christchurch: the water city? A short documentary starring Prof Matthew Wilson (GRI-UC) and Dr John Reid (Ngāi Tahu...
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Fourth Spatial Data Science Symposium

Dear Spatial Data Science Community,   SDSS 2023 is a FREE distributed/online symposium that brings together researchers from academia, industry,...
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