Waitangi Day and Google Earth

November 29th, 2008 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Maori Television has a nifty idea for :

New Zealand’s national indigenous broadcaster, Maori Television, is putting out the call for all New Zealanders to come home for Waitangi Day 2009 but forget the planes, trains and automobiles you would usually rely on. This year, the only travel required will be in a virtual sense.

The broadcaster has created its own layer on Earth to collect messages from anywhere in the world devoted to the question: ‘Where on Earth will you be on Waitangi Day?’

Pictures, videos and text can all be uploaded into the page – from Aotearoa-New Zealand and beyond – to appear on the specially-created layer as a pin on the spinning globe. Anyone can upload material, ranging from a simple text message to photos, via Google’s photo sharing service, Picasa, or for the more tech-savvy among us, videos via YouTube.

‘Where on Google Earth will you be on Waitangi Day?’ is the question but also the concept that will underpin the channel’s broadcast dedicated to New Zealand’s national day, Waitangi Day, on Friday February 6 2009. The most inspiring, fun and heart-warming messages will be played throughout Maori Television’s programme, KOTAHI TE RA: WAITANGI DAY 2009.

“For anyone who has ever been away from home on our national day – or even if you’re at home but feeling that tug of national pride – this is the chance to connect to something special,” says Maori Television chief executive Jim Mather. “We believe this is something new and unique for an indigenous broadcaster, or indeed any broadcaster, to connect with its people via the internet.”

The technology used is essentially a specially-created layer visible on Google Earth which allows New Zealanders, their friends and families all around the world to create a message and load it into the space, marked by a map pin. “The beauty of the concept is its simplicity,” says Mr Mather. “It is easy to use, people can be as interactive as their abilities allow. It is all about the feeling.”

To see the short demonstration, or if you want to post a message, go to www.maoritelevision.com and follow the Google Earth link. Google Earth can be downloaded at earth.google.com.

Nice to see innovative thinking at . They provide by far the best ANZAC Day coverage, and I suspect will do the same with Waitangi Day.

And hey we’ll have a Prime Minister next year who isn’t afraid to spend Waitangi Day at Waitangi!

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22 Responses to “Waitangi Day and Google Earth”

  1. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    Hang on this is not fair I have just called for the Glorious Eighth of November to be made our national day on the previous post!!

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  2. 3-coil (1,215 comments) says:

    “…indigenous broadcaster..”??? WTF!

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  3. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    Damn right John Key will not be afraid to go to Waitangi. Hopefully those brave boys from the DPS who accompanied him on election night will make short work of any scum who try to disrespect the rightful government of MAJORITY NEW ZEALANDERS on our national day.

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  4. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    “And hey we’ll have a Prime Minister next year who isn’t afraid to spend Waitangi Day at Waitangi!”

    And whats more he will be more of a man than Helen was and won’t burst into tears when Titiwhai gives him a hug!

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  5. David Baigent (172 comments) says:

    With “Dialup” Yeah right!

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  6. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    …the rightful government of MAJORITY NEW ZEALANDERS

    According to the elctoral commission website, national/maori/act polled 51% of votes cast. Now that IS a majority, albeit a slim one. BUT when you take into account not all eleigible voters cast a vote, and that there are many who are inelligible to vote, eg due to jail or below 18 I don’t think majority deserves CAPS!

    just in the cause of accuracy, mind you.

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  7. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    I was talking about white New Zealanders, Jack

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  8. Lee (610 comments) says:

    Pushme,

    I think you’ll find that JK will get a very positive reception, even from the more radical elements.

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  9. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Black, white, makes no difference, the theroy holds.

    Seems by the thumbs down I’ve attracted accuracy is not highly regarded here.

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  10. dad4justice (8,097 comments) says:

    ” the theroy holds,” I got a theory that you’re James Sleep MyNameIsWack. Put your stupid thumb back in your stupid cakehole.

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  11. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Peter Joseph Burns, you have no idea. Would you like to buy a clue? Can you afford one on the benefit?

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  12. dad4justice (8,097 comments) says:

    Wow wee you know my name, big glee wipe your wet spot jerk, I think James Sleep has had another identity crisis, bad breeding MyNameisWack. I know where you’ll be on New Zealand day, just Google Mars and look for a cowardly cretin.

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  13. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Actually, I’ll be in Ashburton, making sweet sweet love to your daughter and her mumma.

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  14. Steve (4,544 comments) says:

    Dad,
    Stop replying to the Troll.
    He may have this mother/daughter thing going in Ashburton.
    Leave him alone with his sheep

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  15. expat (4,049 comments) says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  16. Steve (4,544 comments) says:

    Waitangi Day on Feb 6th should really be NZ Day.
    With a new Government attitudes change. National has decided to give a hand up, not a hand out.
    Maori who spit at Don Brash will never do that to John Key with Pita Sharples by his side.
    Those who did that lost mana.
    I also change my attitude as pakeha.
    I now respect Maori as they should respect me.
    I am a New Zealander

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  17. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    I doubt it Lee

    All the terrorist wannabes and juju-wavers know that John Key represents the end to their gravy train of sucking off of the public tit. They fear him, and rightfully so, but they are afraid to face him so instead they snipe and scuttle around spreading insidious lies. When John Key comes to Waitangi it will be both a literal and symbolic cleaning fof house – he will tell the grasping minorities that this is not their country, it is ours, with one law for all New Zealanders, and those who don’t like that will face the full fury of the law, with real sentencing and jails that aren’t country clubs as they have been under Labour.

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  18. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    I dont know – waitangi day has become a bit of a yawn. This idea sounds fine – for a few minutes – but when you think about it the idea is a bit nerdy and doesnt have the sort of grab youd want for a national day.

    Feb 6 has too much negative history. The flag of seperatism and protest is the prodominant flag used that day (the Tino Rangatiri flag). We might see a couple of years of harmony but the moment some maori think they arent getting what they want – or expect (and expectations are high at the moment) then back will come the protest and the abuse and we are back to square one. I dont know how we are going to get over it. The fact that many want it to be a national day just makes it more likely that it will be used for protest and insults.

    Dominion day I think is the way to go. Anzac has other meanings and really isnt ideal for an all encompassing national day.

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  19. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    I Know this might be a waste of time but there is a huge UFO off the the taranaki coast and I’m not fucking joking!!!!!!!!

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  20. Nomestradamus (3,216 comments) says:

    Side Show Bob:

    UFO you say? You bring comic relief to a thread with “Earth” in the title! Now, seeing as Philu’s been missing in action lately, do you mean a PhilUFO? That seems right, as Philu’s been told to F*** O** countless times now :)

    Meanwhile, conspiracy theory #1094: the Police are understood to be pleased with this Maori TV initiative. Getting answers from the usual suspects to “Where on Google Earth will you be on Waitangi Day?’” will allow the Police to deploy scarce anti-protest resources. You heard it here first.

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  21. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Nomestradamus prehaps they are left wing nuts and have taken Philu for breeding purposes. But having said that before I’m accused of been a loony tune five people saw this “thing?” and yes we had all been drinking, like fishes.We watched it for over 3/4 of an hour and there where about 4 different “ufos?”. It was truly amazing, one of woman in the group was shaking and did not want to come outside. I guess it was one of those moments in your life when you realise you don’t know what to think or do. If someone now tells me that ufos are a load of shit then I will nod my head and say”whatever makes you happy”

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  22. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    Why is it called Maori TV when it is mainly honkys who pay for it?

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