Government set to expand 3D mapping programme into the regions

29 October 2018

The government is investing in the regional expansion of Land Information New Zealand’s 3D mapping programme.

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones today announced up to $19 million in co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for local governments to increase the national coverage of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data.

LiDAR uses a laser to measure the earth’s surface precisely and create 3D maps. It provides essential data for better flood risk mapping, understanding the impacts of climate change, and improved environmental management. It is also widely used for forestry, urban planning, construction and engineering. Once collected, the data will be made available as government open data from Land Information New Zealand, which is co-ordinating the collection of this valuable data.

While Land Information New Zealand has already been working with councils to gather local LiDAR data and make it publically available, this additional funding will provide a significant increase in national coverage and makes it easier for councils with cost pressures to join the programme.

A call for participation will be issued to regional councils later this year.

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