LINZ selected as finalist for New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards

4 September 2019

Our work charting Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui has earned us a spot in the finals of this year’s New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards.

In 2017 LINZ and the Marlborough District Council (MDC) partnered to embark on the most comprehensive science mapping project undertaken around the New Zealand coastline.

This morning LINZ was recognised for this achievement, the innovative use of new technology, and successful collaboration to maximise environmental outcomes.

LINZ and MDC were named as finalists in the Environment and Sustainability category for the 2019 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA), which are the geospatial industry’s premiere awards to recognise excellence and innovation in the sector.

“We’re really thrilled to be selected as a finalist this year,” says Rebecca McAtamney, Group Manager Hydrography at LINZ.

“It’s a real testament to the growing recognition that bathymetric data can be used for many more purposes besides updating nautical charts.

“We can now provide data to help model climate change impacts, map marine habbitats, and have a clearer picture of the composition of the sea floor and what's beneath the surface.

“By working in partnership with MDC we were able to collect more types of data over a greater geographic area than either of us could have done alone.

“We’d also like to acknowledge the contributions of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Discovery Marine Limited (DML) who were contracted to deliver the survey.”

LINZ and MDC will find out if they have won at the awards ceremony on Thursday 17 October 2019 at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand in Wellington.

For a full list of finalists see the NZSEA website

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