LINZ has issued a Request for Tender (RFT) on the Government’s electronic tender service website (GETS) to procure LiDAR capture services across New Zealand.

This begins procurement for the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) LiDAR elevation data capture project which was announced in October 2018.

The project is providing up to $19 million in co-funding over five years to support regional councils to develop a national elevation dataset.

The RFT covers LiDAR over approximately 100,000 square kilometres of New Zealand.

LINZ is coordinating the RFT on behalf of eight councils participating in the first of two project funding rounds: Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Tasman, Marlborough, Canterbury, West Coast and Southland. 

By consolidating eight regions in a single RFT, LINZ expects to achieve cost efficiencies through economies of scale, and the supplier market will also be provided more attractive opportunities as a result of contracting at scale.

Suppliers have until 4 September to participate in the tender process.

Further information is available on GETS: 
LiDAR Request for Tender


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’s Provincial Development Unit.

Media release: PGF funds 3d mapping regions

Tranche Two applications due 28 February 2020

This call for participation is the second and final tranche allocation of co-funding. It is targeted at regional councils, which will need to submit a standard application by 28 February 2020 to be considered.

Who can apply?

The target participants are regional councils and unitary authorities.

Regional councils are encouraged to seek additional partners to contribute to their co-funding. This could include local councils, private sector organisations, other central government departments, and anyone else who has a need for the data and is able to help fund its collection. The lead applicant council is expected to manage these relationships.

District and city councils may apply individually only if the regional council is not intending to submit an application.

Private sector organisations are expected to participate via the lead council for the region.

Exclusions from PGF co-funding

The Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch urban areas are excluded from PGF co-funding.

Council contributions

PGF co-funding will contribute approximately 50% of the cost for procuring region-wide LiDAR data coverage. Further accommodation may be made to account for a low population density (and rate-payer base) in a region or for data capture over areas that include large amounts of non-rate generating Crown land. Regional councils are encouraged to seek additional partners to contribute to their co-funding.

The final council/PGF co-funding split will be agreed after LINZ and the project's governance group have evaluated all submitted proposals for Tranche Two.

The funding allocations, co-funding contributions, and details of the data to be captured for that region will be agreed and documented in a contractual agreement between each lead council and LINZ.

Once co-funding has been allocated, LINZ will issue a coordinated Request for Tender (RFT) to the aerial survey market on behalf of participating regional councils.

LINZ can provide additional guidance on proposal budgeting, which is expected to vary between councils.

Timing of the contributions to funding

Funding may be distributed over the duration on the project, up to 5 years including FY2018/19. The funding must be committed at the time the application is submitted.

Managing uncertainties

We understand that there may be uncertainties in overall project funding during the application stage. Councils that may be budget limited should identify areas of higher and lower priorities.

Funding can only be spent on LiDAR

The co-funding is exclusively for base specification LiDAR data collection. It cannot be spent on satellite or aerial imagery.

Managing the individual contracts for LiDAR surveys

Regional councils will be required to manage their individual contracts for service to their regions, provide monthly progress updates, and invoice LINZ for the agreed PGF funding upon the completion of specific project milestones.

About the deliverables and the data

The aim is to collect elevation data over an entire region

Councils are encouraged to consider data collection resulting in complete regional coverage, as far as the data will contribute to PGF objectives.

Recapture of areas

If it can be shown that the refreshed data is needed to contribute to PGF objectives, proposals can include recapture of areas for which LiDAR data is already available.

Elevation data products

The standard deliverables are a 1m gridded bare earth Digital Elevation Model, a 1m gridded Digital Surface Model, and the source data point cloud. 

Ownership of the rights to the data

The councils will own the data copyright, and are required to release it to LINZ under a Creative Commons 4.0 license. LINZ will make the standard data products available as open data through the LINZ Data Service.

Technical specs for the elevation products delivered

Refer to the New Zealand National Aerial LiDAR Base Specification (PDF 568KB) for minimum requirements.

How to apply for Tranche Two

PGF-LiDAR Application (DOCX 126KB)

Submit to:

Applications for Tranche Two close on 28 February 2020

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Last Updated: 25 July 2019