Why Geoint Is Important To The Far North?


As your next Mayor of the Far North District Council, I will strive for a rate review that offers the best value for ALL rate payers. Because our region covers a large area with cities and people of different socio-economic backgrounds and needs.

The helicopter-thinking mayor is about flying down to assess local issues while reaching up to grapple with big promises and global challenges.

That means UNITE, EDUCATE AND INSPIRE THE FAR NORTH to realize the full potential of our place in this country.

It means growing and learning together to address infrastructure gaps, water management and treatment, and finding the right balance between local communities, central government and the private sector.

It’s about sharing the tremendous potential of the flora and fauna of the Wai 262 and what this will mean for the nation’s largest tribe, the Ngapuhi, and our far north community.

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I will present the Far North as the cradle of New Zealand’s cultural heritage and social and economic development.

To unite, inspire and educate the Far North and the rest of New Zealand to respect this cultural heritage by investing in the region with innovation and world-class ideas and technology to carry the spirit of Kupe and other pioneers who are have settled here to revive.

It’s about thinking in whole new categories where we consider our options less than they consider them against us. Less than either/or/ Rather than “BOTH AND”.

As befits the helicopter-thinking mayor, let’s look beyond the sky, into the cosmos.

In September 2021, Defense Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) hosted the Future Space Capability Webinar. It was a high-level discussion on the major challenges facing Defense and Government geospatial intelligence, which began at midnight NZ time in London. The discussion lasted over four hours. Key questions emerged:

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How does commercial space support the future of economic growth and national security? How can nations and industries work together to work together in space?
How can we be more “Q” and less “007”? Space is viewed as 3Cs – Contested, Congested, and Competitive, no different than the “Wild West” centuries ago.
There is a global movement towards space as a COLLABORATIVE area.

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is a broad field encompassing the intersection of geospatial data with social, political, environmental and numerous other factors

Using cutting-edge technologies, space is already impacting GEOINT on Earth – in transportation, science, land, sea and air partnerships, and human and political geography.

GEOINT is a great career for people who are already working in the field of geographic information systems (GIS). In the far north, GIS experts are already working to protect people and mitigate damage to critical services and infrastructure.

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With economic and environmental challenges looming, we need strategies for disaster relief and response to disasters and threats. The safety of our Whanau and communities in the event of a natural disaster.

By leading this age with GEOINT, as we have with heritage, the High North will use the best technology to enable the best decision-making in capturing and processing complex information.

As your Helicopter Thinking Mayor, I will make this happen!

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