Both Tranche One and Tranche Two proposal rounds have been completed, and the PGF-LiDAR programme is no longer accepting general applications for co-funding.

Councils have now contracted aerial survey companies to collect gap-free LiDAR across ten New Zealand regions.

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) LiDAR elevation data capture project was announced in October 2018 and is providing co-funding to develop a consistent elevation dataset across Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Tasman, Marlborough, Canterbury and West Coast, as well as much of Otago and Southland. The standard open-data products are a 1m gridded bare earth Digital Elevation Model, a 1m gridded Digital Surface Model, and the source data point cloud. 

For current status and data access, see our Elevation data page.


Link to Provincial Growth Fund website

On 29 October 2018 Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced that up to $19 million co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is available over five years.

The co-funding is to help regions obtain a baseline elevation dataset, which will deliver enormous practical value and multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries. 

LINZ is managing this initiative on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Media release: PGF funds 3d mapping regions

Last Updated: 17 June 2021