Increasing the productive use of geospatial information
Geospatial information is about location – where things are or where events are happening. Overlaying different types of geospatial information provides powerful analytical tools for businesses and government agencies to increase efficiencies and make better decisions with their resources.28 Under this outcome, we want to help increase the annual $1.2 billion in estimated productivity benefits that geospatial information provides to New Zealand.
Two events this year allowed us to tangibly demonstrate the power of geospatial tools: the Canterbury earthquakes and the development of a spatial plan for the new Auckland super city. This section reports on these efforts and the deliverables outlined in our Statement of Intent 2010-13:
- our continuing leadership of the all-of-government strategy to better connect New Zealand’s geospatial information with users, and
- our activities to improve the accessibility and useability of our own important geospatial data.29
As part of the revision of our strategic framework, we clarified that our activities can be summarised as the impacts of Increasing the productive contribution made by New Zealand government geospatial information and Increasing the productive contribution made by LINZ’s datasets. The results presented in this section are grouped under these two impacts.
Increasing the productive contribution made by New Zealand government geospatial information
- Geospatial information for Canterbury
- Geospatial information for Auckland
- A national spatial data infrastructure
- Re-establishing Canterbury’s geodetic survey infrastructure
28 For example, Fonterra uses GIS tools to optimise the routes taken by their milk-tanker fleet.
29 Another deliverable was to enhance our customer management, which is detailed here