Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Google steps onto the wildside

Media release

Date: 19 August 2013 (embargoed till 8am)

Google steps onto the wildside

Today, Google Street View goes off road on the Abel Tasman Coast Track before continuing onwards to the Heaphy Track. The Department of Conservation (DOC) is very pleased to be working with Google to bring the Great Walks to life on the web.

“This is the first time this technology has been seen in New Zealand and DOC is really pleased to welcome Google Street View and the Street View Trekker on the Abel Tasman Coast Track” says Rudy Tetteroo, DOC’s Programme Manager.  With its great views an easy accessibility the Abel Tasman National Park is a great place for them to start."

“The nine Great Walks host some of the most spectacular views in New Zealand. We’re delighted to be able to help the Department of Conversation share them with the rest of the world by using Trekker, our latest Street View technology,” says Nabil Naghdy, Google Maps Product Manager, Google New Zealand.

The Trekker is Google’s newest Street View camera platform; an 18 kilogram backpack equipped with 15 five-megapixel cameras that gather images as it goes. The camera system is specially designed to capture imagery in remote places or places only accessible on foot.

Since it’s launch in 2012, Google has taken Trekker to several natural wonders around the world, such as Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands and most recently, Mt. Fuji. Google has also taken Street View underwater to capture 360-degree panoramic imagery of delicate ocean environments in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii.

For Project Janszoon, the privately funded trust working with DOC to restore the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park, the Google Trekker imagery will be a great benchmark for its work.

“Project Janszoon is at the start of a 30 year restoration project and over the years Google Trekker will provide a visual benchmark of how our work is enhancing the Park’s ecology.  While nothing beats walking the track yourself, it is great to see technology making it more accessible for people to plan their trips and become aware of the Park’s spectacular natural environment,” says Director Devon McLean.

Background information

The Trekker cameraman will walk the track for three days and be supported on the Abel Tasman Coast Track by DOC staff who will transport food and equipment by boat to each overnight stop.

For more information on Project Janszoon go to www.janszoon.org

The Abel Tasman Coast Track and the Heaphy Track are two of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. The Great Walks pass through diverse and spectacular scenery from native forests, lakes and rivers to rugged mountain peaks and coastal walks.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news