Where on Google Earth for Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day in Google EarthMaori Television, New Zealand’s national indigenous broadcaster, is using Google Earth to help celebrate Waitangi Day 2009 (the National Day of New Zealand held each year on February 6th). This year, they are encouraging kiwis to report where they will be on Waitangi Day by putting a placemark in Google Earth. They can put simple text, pictures, or even YouTube videos into their placemark to tell others about where they are, and what they are doing. Maori Television will compile and share a layer showing where everyone will be on the holiday in Google Earth. Read more about the announcement here, and the official Maori TV web site for the Waitangi Google Earth project is here. Read about this via AllPointsBlog.
Since many citizens are often abroad when their national holiday is being held, this is a great way to help people both remember their home, and still participate a bit in their holiday celebration by sharing their experience with others back home. Although, I think they intend people at home to participate as well. You can use their simple Google Maps-based form to mark your spot, but a Google Earth network link will presumably be used to show the full map. It will be interesting to see how many people actually participate and to see how widespread New Zealanders will be around the world on their holiday. I’ll keep an eye on it and report on its progress next February.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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