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The Map Kiwi designs maps with a focus on effectiveness and clarity.

THE MAP KIWI

Maps and cartography by Andrew Douglas-Clifford

The Map Kiwi features the work of Andrew Douglas-Clifford, a cartographer and GIS Professional based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

This website originally began as a blog in early 2016 dedicated to posting various maps I created while studying for my degree. The exploding popularity of the New Zealand State Highway Metro Map saw my work reported in the New Zealand Herald, Stuff, Lonely Planet and on an interview with John Campbell on RNZ’s Checkpoint programme. The map also won me the New Zealand Cartographic Society People’s Choice Map Award, and placed me as a finalist in the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards in the student category in 2016. With demand for beautiful, aesthetically pleasing cartography, The Map Kiwi was born.

With a focus on New Zealand, The Map Kiwi designs print maps across a variety of subjects and locations. These include London underground inspired transport maps, topographic maps, and a range of art inspired and experimental cartography. The majority of print designs and products I create can be bought here on my website, and also in some retail stores. To date, designs from The Map Kiwi find themselves on hundreds of walls across New Zealand and abroad.

Maori Language Week 2019 – Map Giveaway for NZ Schools!
Since it's Maori Language Week, The Map Kiwi is giving away three A1 sized Te Reo Māori wall maps to Aotearoa schools! Enter your details below - the winner will be chosen after entries close on 25th September 2019. The giveaways is open to NZ Primary and Secondary...
Behind the Map: Putting Together a Satellite Basemap
Recently I was working to update my Te Reo Maori Map of New Zealand with a new background. I learnt a couple of things while making it, so I thought it might be interesting to quickly share the process. The map uses the wonderful NZ wide 10m cloud-free Sentinel...
Supporting the Victims of the Christchurch Mosque Shootings
The Muslim and wider communities of Christchurch and New Zealand were left reeling in the wake of the Mosque shootings that took place on March 15th, leaving 50 people dead. While much has already been said about the atrocities that took place in my city, the huge...
Blog Update October 2018 – RNZ Interview and NZSEA Awards
Much of the year has passed since my last update, so I thought I'd catch you up on all that's been happening here at The Map Kiwi! The biggest change for me has been entering full time work as a Geospatial Analyst back in April. This was quite a different pace and...
Māori Language Week 2018
This week marks the annual Māori Language Week (10-16th September 2018), so to get people interested in Te Reo I thought I'd revisit the maps I've made of the Māori place names of New Zealand/Aotearoa! I first became interested in mapping Māori names last year, when I...
New Print: Typography Map of Auckland
A follow up from the 2016 Christchurch map, the Auckland Typography map is a new print beautifully representing central Auckland's streets, motorways, rail lines, parks and more in flowing street names and places. Check it out below: This design was more ambitious and...
Te Reo Māori Map of Aotearoa/New Zealand
As part of the 7 day cartography challenge last year, I created two maps showing Te Reo Māori names of towns and cities names across Aotearoa/New Zealand which were well received. Naturally, I wanted to improve the maps by researching the spelling of place names...
Blog Update January 2018: The year that was, and looking ahead
It's been several months since my last Map Kiwi blog update, so what better time to do it again at the beginning of a new year! 2017 was a busy year for me, filled with many projects and maps. It was the year I finally managed to finish my Masters in Geographic...
Nobody Lives Here: Uninhabited Areas of New Zealand
With 4.6 million people spread out over 268,021 km², New Zealand is not a crowded place when compared to more densely populated countries such as Japan and the UK. The below map shows just how much land is uninhabited per square kilometre, making up 78.21% of our...