Duane leads the biggest GIS team in New Zealand, doing a variety of work including mapping, research, training and workshops.




Kia ora, ko Duane tōku ingoa. I'm the GIS lead here at DOC and we provide mapping services which involves mapping where we do our work, and I’m based in Conservation House here in Wellington.

I joined DOC because I think it’s important to conserve the environment for our children, and also it’s a pretty neat place to work, and the biggest GIS team in New Zealand. So it was a pretty attractive role for me as well.

What does your typical work day involve?

A typical workday for me, monitoring the work coming in; mapping requests and working with colleagues to do the best we can to meet deadlines and share the work around. Supporting staff with work like Battle for our Birds and operational activities support, and also doing a little bit of research into how we can use new technologies to better support conservation like Google maps engine and ArcGIS online.

What do you like most about your job?

What I like most about my job is the variety of the work. It’s very dynamic, can be anything from marine environment to the alpine areas. On any given day I can be providing training in one of our DOC GIS morning teas, or sometimes dropping everything and at 15 minutes notice having a map to the minister for question time in parliament.

What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had working at DOC?

Most rewarding experience that I’ve had here at DOC is a series of GIS project management workshops that we did with iwi groups last year. And that involved anywhere between 40 and 60 people – on the marae, in the wharenui, in a wānanga style training environment, helping folks to apply basic concepts of GIS to their environmental projects. So that was pretty neat.

What’s your advice for people wanting to work for DOC?

I think you’ve gotta have passion for the environment, you’ve gotta be good at working with people... and if you want to work for us in the GIS team; you’ll need to be able to describe the difference between a World Geodetic Datum, and a transverse Mercator projection.

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