Our location strategy

Find out more about our location strategy, to unlock the value of location information for New Zealand.

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Location information tells us where features and places are, how they relate to one another, and how they can change over time. It ranges from the physical features on, above or below the earth’s surface to information about property boundaries, traffic and people, weather, health issues and hazards.

Location information has the power to unlock the potential of so much other information. It can drive better decision making, benefiting our economy, environment and communities.

LINZ is working with central and local government, and the private sector to improve the value and accessibility of the location information we and others hold.

The New Zealand government has invested heavily in the collection of geospatial information, but at present using this information to its full potential is often difficult. For example, linking together separately collected pieces of information relating to the same location is sometimes impossible because of the different ways that the location is described.

Over the next decade, New Zealand organisations in every sector will continue to invest in location technologies and data that increase innovation and productivity. Uptake will also be driven by the need to understand and tackle long-term, complex challenges that do not respect administrative boundaries or the capabilities of the organisations tackling them.

LINZ creates much of New Zealand’s most valuable location information, and is a government leader of digital service delivery.

We have a 10 year vision - that 'the power of where' drives New Zealand's success. Our aim is to increase the value created for New Zealand through the use of location information tenfold over the next decade. We will do this by leading the creation of a world-class location system that can provoke better decisions and inspire innovation. We want the location system to benefit anyone making any decision where location matters.

Last Updated: 25 June 2015