By working to achieve our vision and our strategic objectives we directly contribute to building a more competitive and productive New Zealand economy.

We support the rebuild of Canterbury through the work delivered by the Canterbury Spatial Data Infrastructure and our responsibilities for managing Crown-owned Residential Red Zone properties (having taken over this function from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority). This work involves insurance recoveries, demolition of built structures, clearance of land, and ongoing maintenance of the land for future use, including acquisition, clearance and maintenance of land ear-marked for anchor projects. We will also be managing a number of Crown-owned sites earmarked for anchor projects in the CBD, and helping acquire additional sites for other such projects.

We are directly contributing to Better Public Services Results 9 and 10: improving interaction with government, by improving the online availability and accessibility of geographic information, and making property transactions easier. We are contributing to the Government’s ICT Strategy, through work such as the Open Government Information and Data Programme.

Our work contributes to the Government’s Business Growth Agenda (BGA) and in particular the Natural Resources workstream and the 30 Year Infrastructure Plan. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to contribute to all BGA workstreams.

Achieving our Minister’s priorities

Early in 2016, the Minister for Land Information set LINZ three new priorities for the near to medium term.

Opening government data to create opportunities

Making data and information open, accessible and available for reuse enables better decision-making and inspires innovation. We will further this by accelerating the release and reuse of government data, refreshing the strategy for open data across government, and coordinating the maintenance and distribution of key datasets of national interest with a focus on geographic and property information.

Contributing to the business growth agenda by working with regions and cities

The BGA is an ambitious programme of work that will support New Zealand businesses to grow. We support the BGA through existing and new work that creates opportunities for New Zealanders, its businesses, communities, and people.

Leveraging LINZ’s expertise across government

As a small department with specialist expertise in land and information, we can make wider contributions to government outcomes. We will work in an integrated way to enable and support outcomes across agencies and government.

To further these priorities, LINZ has specific activities and work programmes which are described in our Four Year Plan, available on the LINZ website at

Contributing to the Natural Resources Sector

The Natural Resources Sector (NRS) is a grouping of the central government agencies responsible for the management and stewardship of New Zealand’s natural resources. The NRS was established to ensure a strategic, integrated and aligned approach is taken to natural resources development and management across government agencies [1].

Our specific role in the NRS relates to leading the information sharing programme that will improve the information base that supports the decisions and activities of the NRS.

[1] The eight agencies in the NRS are the Ministry for the Environment; Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; Ministry for Primary Industries; Ministry of Transport; Land Information New Zealand; Department of Conservation; Te Puni Kōkiri; and the Department of Internal Affairs.