Map of New Zealand’s Māori iwi in 1869

This 1869 map of New Zealand’s North Island shows Māori iwi (tribal) boundaries, confiscated land, location of armed police and military bases, and where gold was found. It’s fascinating in many ways, not least because it shows the staggering amount of land confiscated in the Waikato – more than 1.2 million acres. The confiscations were made under the …

Interactive map of global shipping routes

Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute have created shipmap.org, a fascinating interactive map that tracks global shipping for a year (2012). Here’s how it works: The merchant fleet is divided into five categories, each of which has a filter and a CO2 and freight counter for the hour shown on the clock: Container (e.g. manufactured goods): …

Say hello to Ugly River

Browsing the NZ Gazette, the government’s official newspaper, I came across a parcel of new official geographic names being approved and one or two discontinued. This happens fairly often and this Land Information New Zealand page is a good place to get a heads-up.  There’s also plenty of detail  on the naming process, including a …

Roads Kill – a good interactive story map

I like this interactive map of road deaths from the Pulitzer Center. It shows road deaths around the world along with breakdowns of how well road laws are enforced and deaths by vehicle (car, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian). The map, based on World Health Organisation data, is really light to use and very interesting. New Zealand has 9.1 …

Maps show how transport shrinks the world

  New Scientist has published some beautiful maps exploring which are the remotest places on earth – given how much international transport we have available to us. “The maps are based on a model which calculated how long it would take to travel to the nearest city of 50,000 or more people by land or water. …