Duane Wilkins

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Duane Wilkins
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NationalityNew Zealander
CitizenshipNew Zealand
Alma materWaikato University Master's Degree
OccupationGeospatial Advocate

Duane Wilkins is a geospatial advocate from Wellington, New Zealand.

In 2020 he was awarded the Te Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui New Zealand Public Service Medal[1] for his commitment to increasing Māori communities’ geospatial information science knowledge.

He is known for his contributions to Google Maps Google Street View in the Wellington region. This work received public recognition when it made Lower Hutt one of the world’s most photographed places on Google Maps[2] and was featured in a short documentary profile by Google.

He is a judge for the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards[3], and is known to indigenous Māori communities throughout New Zealand[4] for providing geospatial capability building, training, and support.

In 2007-2010 he directed mapping capability development programmes[5] for the United States Agency for International Development throughout Iraq[6] and Afghanistan.

He is currently a capability advisor for Land Information New Zealand, and regular contributor for NZ Survey and Spatial Magazine.[7] He leads large mapping activities at scale for thousands of New Zealand intermediate students[8] as part of the LEARNZ Virtual Field Trip[9] series "Map My Waahi".[10] Waahi - a Te Reo Māori word for Place.


  1. "Honours for LINZ work in Māori geospatial science and Christchurch regeneration". Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  2. "Lower Hutt is the second-most photographed place in the world on Google Street View". Stuff. 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  3. "NZSEA - Judges". NZSEA - New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  4. "LINZ wins Spatial Excellence Environment & Sustainability Award". Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  5. Wilkins, Duane (2014-08-03), Duane and Sam outside the GIS office with our US Embassy Shirts on., retrieved 2020-10-18
  6. Wilkins, Duane (2008-02-20), Sandstorm in Iraq January 2008, retrieved 2020-10-18
  7. "Top 10 Geospatial Things : Survey Spatial New Zealand". www.surveyspatialnz.org. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  8. "Over Four Thousand Students Participate in Virtual Field Trip". www.gim-international.com. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  9. "Meet Duane Wilkins | LEARNZ". www.learnz.org.nz. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  10. "Over 4000 students take part in LINZ-led virtual field trip". www.voxy.co.nz. Retrieved 2020-10-18.

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