The New Zealand Geospatial Strategy, published in January 2007, aims to better coordinate and manage the use of New Zealand's geospatial resources across all tiers of society.

It addresses the increasing reliance on geospatial information in New Zealand and opportunities for efficiencies in the collection, management and provision of that information.

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Governance of the Strategy

The New Zealand Geospatial Strategy is governed by two groups:

  • 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; and
  • The Geospatial Senior Officials Group (GSOG) actively drives the adoption of the Geospatial Strategy work programme and oversees progress.

Members of the GEG are:

  • Bill Bayfield, Chief Executive, Environment Canterbury
  • Roger Blakeley, Chief Planning Officer, Auckland Council
  • Scott Campbell, Chairman, Spatial Industries Business Association
  • Geoff Dangerfield, Chief Executive, New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Air Commodore Tony Davies, Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Intelligence, New Zealand Defence Force
  • Candace Kinser, Chief Executive, New Zealand Technology Industry Association
  • Christeen Mackenzie, Deputy Director General Business Performance/CFO at Department of Conservation
  • Liz MacPherson, Chief Executive and Government Statistician, Statistics New Zealand
  • Al Morrison, Deputy Commissioner – Corporate Centre, State Services Commission
  • Sue Powell, Deputy Chief Executive Information and Knowledge Services, Department of Internal Affairs

Members of the GSOG are:

  • Graeme Blick, Chief Geodesist / Manager Topography, Land Information New Zealand
  • Rob Deakin, Chief Steward, National Spatial Data Infrastructure (Chair)
  • Manu King, Committee Member, Spatial Industries Business Association
  • Miles McConway, Director, Finance & Corporate Services, Environment Canterbury
  • Ashley Mudford, Chief Information Officer, Department of Conservation
  • Jochen Schmidt, Chief Scientist, Environmental Information, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
  • Carol Slappendel, Deputy Government Statistician, Operations, Statistics New Zealand
  • Dave Withington, Chair of the Local Government Geospatial Alliance

New Zealand Spatial Data Infrastructure State of Play

In 2012 the New Zealand Geospatial Office undertook an assessment of the current “state of play” of New Zealand’s national Spatial Data Infrastructure. The assessment is helping to focus LINZ’s effort to support the development of a more mature and more widely used SDI, bringing benefits to a wide range of user of geospatial information across all sectors of New Zealand society. It will also be used as a benchmark against which the development of the national SDI can be measured.

The assessment reflects the state of play as of September 2012. The method of assessment used is based on that used to track the development of the national SDIs of those countries in Europe working to meet the goals of the EU INSPIRE Directive, to enable the better sharing and improved use of geospatial information at a Europe-wide level.

The New Zealand SDI State of Play report shows that there is a good organizational framework to support the SDI development and acknowledges that this development needs to be a collaborative effort and the challenges that this presents. Actions in those key areas where there is greatest scope for development, around data availability and access, are well represented in NZGO’s current work programme, so that when the assessment is revisited (planned for 2014) we expect a clear measure of greater maturity in the national SDI.

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Last Updated: 1 July 2016