Our location strategy

Find out more about what we do to ensure location information is used effectively to help address key challenges and deliver value for New Zealand.

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Location information—also known as geographic, geospatial or spatial information-- is any information that can be linked to a location reference point.  The value of location information comes from its interplay, and combination with other kinds of data, to uncover new patterns and knowledge.  Location information can help answer many key “where” questions:

  • Where could there be risks from flooding, tsunami, climate change?
  • Where are polluted waterways?
  • Where is there pressure on housing? 
  • Where should infrastructure be built?

Location information can drive innovation and greater productivity across the economy. It can provide the solid evidence invaluable to planning and decision-making. In these ways, location information has the potential to improve the wellbeing of New Zealand communities.   

Enabling quality decision-making and innovation

Access to high-quality information about New Zealand’s land, sea and property is key to unlocking and resolving many big challenges that New Zealanders really care about, such as fresh water management, resilience and climate change, and improved urban planning. This information can also be used to improve outcomes for Māori and to deliver significantly high-value public services.

We take a leadership role in geospatial systems, focused on challenges facing New Zealand where we can make a difference.

We are also the authoritative source for many key geographic and property datasets, which are available via the LINZ Data Service.

Last Updated: 23 July 2019