We will enable improved information on the impacts and risks of natural hazards, to support those who make decisions that protect New Zealanders and their assets.

We can contribute to datasets and information that enable better understanding of natural hazard risks and impacts. Better quality and more consistent data at a national level can be aggregated to support evidence-based planning, investment and risk response decisions around natural hazards. Initially we will focus on providing information that will enable better determination of the impacts from flooding risk.

In four years

In the next four years, we will have achieved:

  • better information to support assessment of the risks and impacts of natural hazards
  • improvements in the way New Zealand assesses the impacts of flooding on property
  • support to stakeholders and lead agencies with the spatial information needed to robustly assess and respond to flooding from rivers
  • provision of the critical positioning, property and elevation datasets to enable the assessment and response to flooding.

New work to improve resilience to natural events

We are developing programmes and projects to improve resilience to natural events. Some of the outcomes of these programmes and projects will be:

  • better understanding of the datasets required to enable good flood modelling and where LINZ can contribute to those datasets
  • the provision of a programme to coordinate the capture of digital elevation data which will contribute to hazard mitigation, such as flooding
  • the development of an integrated vertical datum to enable the integration of land and sea datasets which can be used for better modelling of hazards, particularly in the coastal zone
  • work with the CRCSI [2] on a joint project to improve data supply to flood risk managers
  • review of legislation that we are involved with in respect of resilience
  • to assist the development of policies to enable New Zealand to assess the impact of flooding on property and land
  • provision of support to the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) in the establishment of their National Disaster Resilience Strategy.

Core functions that support improved resilience to natural events

Our core geospatial work (mapping, geodesy, topography, hydrography and elevation) also supports improving natural hazard data and information.

Measuring and monitoring our success

In the short term, to drive our performance to improve resilience to natural events we will monitor improvements in our geographic datasets and monitor stakeholder perceptions. In the longer term, success for each strategic objective will be measured through its contribution to achieving our overall goal to grow by tenfold the value created for New Zealand over the next decade.

[2] The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information is an international research and development centre set up in 2003 under the Business Cooperative Research Centres Programme. For more information refer to www.crcsi.com.au/about/