Google Maps In NZ Gets Business Listings

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A service’s ability to provide driving directions is valuable only if you know where you’re going.  So New Zealand’s version of Google Maps is stepping up and providing something new: business listings.

Google Maps In NZ Gets Business Listings

Yes, I know, business listings are only new in the sense that used cars can be new to fresh buyers.  Still, this is a necessary step forward for Google in New Zealand; in this particular market, another service has a head start.

“We’ve been expecting Google to enter the market for some time,” John Clegg told Peter Griffin.  Clegg is the founder and CEO of Project X Technology, which, in turn, owns ZoomIn, a mapping service.

But even if his company’s popularity may affect the pickup of Google Maps, Clegg doesn’t believe the two should be direct competitors.  “We think it will be good for the market as they have a good product and it is good for the profile of dynamic mapping,” he continued.

It looks like the launch of business listings for Google Maps in New Zealand is going to benefit everyone, then.  (Nerd side note:) Maybe even Peter Jackson, if he would somehow sign on to direct The Hobbit and start filming in that country.

Google Maps In NZ Gets Business Listings
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  • Gorse

    Why is ZoomIN even being discussed? There are a handful of mapping sites in NZ of which wises.co.nz is the biggest followed by smaps.co.nz

    ZoomIN are a bit player in the market. Google partnered with apnfinda the company behind wises & finda.

    If you are going to publish an article at least talk to the parties involved … zoomin have nothing to do with this news

    • Graham

      If you read the fine print Gorse, you’d see that ProjectX are the suppliers of smaps.

      Zoomin is primarily there to showcase ProjectX’s wares to other potential clients, such as the govt. department that used them to create the national broadband map (article at http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/netw/37744A36D8D96AC3CC2573A5002FB3B6 ).

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