FIND OUT MORE... Get to Know LINZ
Who we are
LINZ exists to maintain and regulate Crown and private property rights in New Zealand, and to make available the geographic information about New Zealand that underpins property rights, national security and emergency services responses. Find out more about LINZ's responsibilities and management structure.
The scope of our responsibilities is illustrated by the diversity of the staff who work here. Read our people profiles.
What we do
Read our news and notices to find out about the recent work we've been doing, or find out more about:
- LINZ's role in charts, tides & navigation
- LINZ's role in mapping
- geodesy in New Zealand
- guide to land surveying and title registration
- property valuation in New Zealand
- LINZ's Crown property role
- how New Zealand manages overseas investment
- who names places and streets in New Zealand.
Vision & values
Our vision is to be valued as the Government's centre of electronic land information and expertise. Learn about LINZ's purpose and vision in our Statement of Intent and other corporate publications.
The establishment of LINZ as a government department in 1996 was the latest chapter in the lengthy history of land information in New Zealand. Find out more about our whakapapa.
LINZ takes its Māori name Toitū te Whenua from the proverb Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua: “people pass on, but land remains”. Land is central to New Zealanders' national identity and to the country's economic growth, and it will exist long after we have gone.
Managing the land sustainably is a large part of what LINZ does. Even at the most basic level, the organisation works to reduce carbon emissions and introduce sustainable practices in its offices. Read all about sustainability at LINZ.