New Zealand, like many other developed countries, faces challenges such as boosting economic performance while managing environmental impact, intensifying housing in major cities and responding to climate change.

Geographic information – combined with other types of information – points to solutions to these types of economic, social, environmental and cultural challenges.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is responsible for this country’s core geographic and property information, making sure it is accurate and accessible, and able to be reused.

LINZ has a proud history of innovation. I am looking to the Department to continue this tradition over the next four years, working in partnership with other government agencies, local government and the private sector.

As the Minister for Land Information, I have directed LINZ to continue to deliver its core functions while increasing its contribution in my three priority areas:

  • Opening government data to create opportunities
    Making data and information open, accessible, and available for reuse enables better decision-making and inspires innovation.
  • Contributing to the Business Growth Agenda by working with regions and cities
    The Business Growth Agenda is an ambitious programme of work that will support New Zealand businesses to grow. LINZ supports this through focusing existing and new work on creating opportunities for New Zealanders, its businesses, communities and people. I expect LINZ to have work programmes focused on the real opportunities that can be delivered, and to make a difference in people’s lives at the local level.
  • Leveraging LINZ’s expertise across government
    As a small department with specialist expertise around land and information, LINZ can make a wider contribution to government outcomes. I expect LINZ to work in an integrated way to enable and support outcomes across agencies and government.

Like all government agencies, LINZ needs to ensure it is investing taxpayer dollars wisely and continually improving public services. At the moment, LINZ is focused on improving services to central and local government and private sector customers, chiefly through the LINZ Data Service. LINZ is also about to start a multi-year, IT-intensive project – Advanced Survey and Title Services (ASaTS) – that will improve services to property buyers, sellers and developers.

I endorse the strategic direction set out in this document. I look forward to supporting LINZ in the achievement of its objectives – knowing that what LINZ does is of immense benefit to New Zealand.

Minister’s Statement of Responsibility

I am satisfied that the information on strategic intentions prepared by LINZ is consistent with the policies and performance expectations of the Government.

Hon Louise Upston
Responsible Minister for Land Information