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First topographical map of Hawke’s Bay

This 1939 map of Hawke’s Bay was the first in the New Zealand Map Series 1 (NZMS1), published at a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile. The series covered all of New Zealand with highly detailed topographical maps based on aerial photography. It was finally completed in 1976.

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Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Modern mapping and surveying - Aerial photography and maps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/18907/first-topographical-map-of-hawkes-bay (accessed 9 April 2020)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 17 Aug 2018