Our vision, purpose and values

Our vision, purpose and values underpin the work LINZ does and our priorities for the future.

Our 10-year vision – The Power of ‘Where’ Drives New Zealand’s Success  – highlights that location-related decisions lie at the heart of New Zealand’s economic, social, environmental and cultural prosperity. Whether it is a decision about how we use land, buying or selling property, or managing public land, location-related information is key to making better decisions and unlocking value for New Zealanders.

Land, sea and waterways are taonga that connect us all. Our expertise and information help develop and protect these environments for the benefit of all New Zealanders, our visitors, and future generations.

Read The Power of ‘Where’ Drives New Zealand’s Success


LINZ has a framework of outcomes and priorities aimed at sharpening our focus on the things that matter most for New Zealand, and guiding where we put our effort and resources.

The high-level outcomes we are seeking to achieve over the next 10+ years are:

  • High-value geographic and property information
    Geographic and property information are used effectively to deliver value for New Zealand.
  • World-class property system
    The property system is ready for the future, built for growth and changing needs.
  • Making best use of the Crown Estate
    Getting the best public value from the Crown Estate, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
  • Safeguard New Zealand’s interest in sensitive assets
    Ownership of sensitive assets reflects New Zealand’s best interests.

Within these four outcomes, we will pay particular attention to three cross-cutting ‘key challenges’ for New Zealand where LINZ can make a significant difference:

  • Water
    Contribute to better management of fresh water, including quality and allocation
  • Resilience and climate change
    Support efforts to prepare for, mitigate and adapt to the impacts on land and sea of climate change and one-off events (natural and human-induced).
  • Urban areas
    Contribute to managing and responding to pressures on urban areas from population growth.

Read about our Outcomes Framework


Our three core values reflect what we stand for, who we are and the way we need to work to achieve our vision, strategy and goals:

  • Bold
    We take personal responsibility to be better every day. We’re courageous, agile and unafraid to fail.
  • Expert
    We’re among the best in the world, but we never take that for granted. We’re passionate about reaching our potential.
  • Stronger Together
    Manaaki connects us. Diversity is our strength. We back each other, challenge and keep each other safe.


Strategies that direct and focus specific programmes of work.

Last Updated: 17 October 2019