Chris McDowall

Chris McDowall is an Auckland-based geographer. He makes maps and data visualisations.

Society
Jan 6, 2018

Summer Reissue: A visual history of the New Zealand parliament

Chris McDowall explains the origins of this epic graph view into our political history.

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Society
Dec 7, 2017

The wage gap in New Zealand: a visual timeline

We hear a lot about the gender gap in wages, but what about other kinds of demographic disparities? Chris McDowall plots out a year in New Zealand salaries.

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Politics
Oct 26, 2017

The tick-splitters: how New Zealanders used their two votes, a visualisation

More than a quarter of those who voted gave their electorate vote to someone from a different party than the one they backed for their party vote. Chris McDowall breaks it down.

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Politics
Sep 27, 2017

Interactive: mapping every booth’s votes from the 2017 general election

Chris McDowall has created an extraordinary interactive data-visualisation which shows the party vote results of every single one of the hundreds of voting places in the 2017 general election. He explains his work here – and explore it below.

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Politics
Sep 14, 2017

A visual history of the New Zealand parliament

Chris McDowall explains the origins of this epic graph view into our political history.

Read on.

Media
Apr 20, 2017

How to buy your first house: a deep data dive into those miracle property stories

What can we learn from the spate of reports about young people bucking the odds and purchasing property? Chris McDowall reads them all and crunches the numbers.

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Science
Nov 15, 2016

878 quakes in 24 hours: how New Zealand shook in the wake of the monster Kaikoura eqnz

Geonet recorded 878 events in the 24 hours after the monster 7.5-magnitude shock, more than 300 of them 4-magnitude or greater. Here Chris McDowall plots the quakes on an animated map.

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Auckland
Sep 12, 2016

The surging cost of renting an Auckland house, in one terrifying animation

Rental prices in NZ's largest city continue to escalate, with lower income households hit the hardest. Chris McDowall, who built the stunning Spinoff Unitary Plan maps, has visualised the change.

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