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New Zealand Mapping System now Topo50

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New Zealand has moved to a new mapping system. If you use maps, make sure you are aware of the change. It means NZ has made their maps compatible with international navigational technologies, such as GPS. Most items have shifted about 200 metres. For those currently using GPS systems, you can set your GPS receiver to NZGD2000, the datum used by Topo50 to determine latitudes and longitudes. If your GPS does not support NZGD2000, it will still be able to support Topo50. You can simply set your GPS receiver to the default datum setting of World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS84). For practical purposes this is the same as NZGD2000 so the GPS receiver latitudes and longitudes will be compatible with those shown on the Topo50 maps.

Visit <www.topo50.govt.nz> for further information. :)

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