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Place for Maps Te Whenua, Introduced by Dan Hikuroa Water and Air, Introduced by Veronika Meduna Living Things, Introduced by James Russell Places, Introduced by Ben Schrader People, Introduced by Tze Ming Mok Government, Introduced by Andrew Geddis Movement and Energy, Introduced by Patrick Reynolds Heart and Memory, Introduced by Nadine Anne Hura Afterword Appendix One: Tools and Software Appendix Two: Technical Notes and Data Sources Contributors Acknowledgements Index

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Dr Chris McDowall trained as a geographer with a focus on cartography and human geography. He has worked variously as cartographer, environmental scientist and manager at the University of Auckland, Landcare Research, the National Library of New Zealand and Figure.NZ. The common thread through his career is a desire to make the nations data easier to find and interpret. Tim Denee is a Wellington-based designer who has worked across a range of disciplines interactive design, product design, illustration, art direction and typography. He has designed book covers, websites, apps, brands and museum experiences.


'If the visualisation of data can be counted as an expression of science, then this is a book to be treasured. It shows New Zealand in ways that need no words to leave a deep impact - such as the pages covered in hundreds of thousands of data dots, with each dot representing a child growing up in poverty.' - New Zealand Listener; 'Data as poetry, as art, as cartography. A revelation. Buy it for everyone for Christmas.' - Unity Books bestseller chart; 'Honestly this is spectacular. By rights it will become as ubiquitous as that big blue Union-Jacked Reed New Zealand Atlas was when we were kids.' - The Spinoff; 'What Chris McDowall and Tim Denee have made is a smashed-it-out-of-the-park heroically monumental work of data visualisation art. We Are Here deserves to become a much-loved dog-eared reference, and not just among data nerds like me, but in homes, schools, libraries, businesses, and government offices.' - Aaron Schiff, The Spinoff; 'The book as a whole, thanks to designer Denee, is a masterful visualisation of McDowall's data. I'm pretty comfortable calling the book a work of art that ultimately falls within a tradition of conceptual documentary art from Billy Apple to Ruth Watson.' - Andrew Paul Wood, EyeContact; 'There is an honesty and a passion in this work. It tells some powerful stories about Aotearoa - some are very thought provoking, others make uncomfortable reading. But "our past has happened and we can learn from it," says Lillian Grace in the Afterword, "but the future - well that's in our hands and hearts: we are here." This atlas must surely make a significant contribution to the spreading of such a sentiment.' -Mary Spence MBE, former president of the British Cartographic Society

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