Geospatial strategy for a spatial data infrastructure

The New Zealand Geospatial Strategy and the national spatial data infrastructure (SDI) help ensure New Zealand’s geospatial data is easy to find, share, and use.

The New Zealand Geospatial Office (NZGO) is responsible for the New Zealand Geospatial Strategy.

New Zealand geospatial strategy

NZGO is working with organisations participating in New Zealand’s SDI to:

  • develop agreed work plans to progress their contribution to the Strategy
  • help them measure the benefits of their participation
  • capture their stories and case studies.

Who governs the New Zealand geospatial strategy

  • The Geospatial Executives Group (GEG) sets or amends the strategic direction of the cross-government Geospatial Strategy, monitors its progress, and identifies options for advancing the Strategy.
  • The Geospatial Senior Officials Group (GSOG) actively drives the adoption of the Geospatial Strategy work programme and oversees progress.

Read New Zealand Geospatial Strategy

Vision of the geospatial strategy

Trusted geospatial information that is available, accessible, able to be shared and used to support the:

  • safety and security of New Zealand
  • growth of an inclusive, innovative economy
  • preservation and enhancement of our society, culture and environment.

 Aims of the geospatial strategy

  • To define the approach needed to ensure New Zealand’s geospatial information infrastructure meets the ongoing business needs of government.
  • To provide the framework for the leadership and direction needed for managing geospatial information.
  • To optimise the collective benefit from public investment in geospatial infrastructure.
  • To ensure quality fundamental (i.e.priority) geospatial data is available to all.

Estimating the value of spatial information to the New Zealand economy

The ACIL Tasman Report was completed in 2009. This project:

  • described the current value and use of spatial information in New Zealand's economy
  • estimated the productivity gains available if barriers to spatial information are removed
  • described and estimated the value of greater use of spatial information to innovation and product markets.

Read the report on Spatial Information in the New Zealand Economy

Spatial data infrastructure

A spatial data infrastructure is a tool that helps connect important sources of information – much like roading infrastructure connects important locations.

SDI is the technology, policies, standards, and human resources necessary to acquire, process, store, distribute and improve the usability of geospatial data. Essentially, an SDI is the full framework supporting the use of geospatial information.

Developing an SDI for New Zealand

In December 2010, the Minister for Land Information put forward a Cabinet paper recommending that Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), through the New Zealand Geospatial Office (NZGO), lead the development of an SDI for New Zealand.

The paper also recommends that government agencies be directed to support and be involved with the SDI from the development phase. The paper was agreed by Cabinet on 13 December.

New Zealand SDI State of Play

In 2012, the New Zealand Geospatial Office (NZGO) assessed the current ’state of play’ of New Zealand’s national SDI. LINZ is using this assessment to focus its support for the development of the SDI to ensure it benefits a wide range of geospatial information users throughout all of New Zealand. [JL3] The assessment has also formed the benchmark for measuring that development.

The assessment methodology was the same as that used in Europe, tracking the development of national SDIs in countries working to meet the EU INSPIRE Directive. This Directive aims to enable  better sharing and improved use of geospatial information at a Europe-wide level.

The New Zealand SDI State of Play report, released September 2012, shows that there is a good organisational framework to support SDI development. It acknowledges that this development needs to be a collaborative effort and recognises the challenges that this presents. The NZGO’s current work programme incorporates actions in those key areas where there is greatest scope for development, around data availability and access, which should ensure a more mature SDI when the assessment is revisited.

View the New Zealand SDI State of Play report

Last Updated: 25 June 2015