28 November 2018

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is now accepting applications and expressions of interest to the Provincial Growth Fund regional elevation data capture project.

This follows the announcement of up to $19 million co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for LiDAR data collection initiatives by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones on 29 October.  

LINZ Deputy Chief Executive for Location Information Jan Pierce says LiDAR data, which creates 3D baseline elevation information, will deliver enormous practical value with multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries. 

“Elevation data increases our ability to identify, model, and manage natural hazards such as flooding, landslides and erosion.

“Having highly accurate land information available means councils not only have the data they need for their planning, but they can also support good planning and decision-making by industries investing in their regions – especially in the agriculture and forestry sectors.”    

The initiative is being managed by LINZ on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Provincial Development Unit.

This call for participation is the first tranche of co-funding for regional councils that do not already have elevation data. Applications are open until 1 March 2019. Regional councils can also submit an expression of interest by 1 March 2019 for a second tranche of funding available in 2020.

Further details can be found on our elevation data page.

Comparison of aerial view of Kaikoura coastline in 2012 with 2016, using LiDAR data to show changes in depths

LiDAR surveys from before and after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquakes enable us to see and measure a dramatic change in coastal elevation.

(Source imagery copyright Environment Canterbury and New Zealand Transport Authority.)

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