LINZ wins Spatial Excellence Environment & Sustainability Award

18 October 2019

It was a magic evening for Land Information New Zealand’s (LINZ) Hydrography team and the Marlborough District Council (MDC) as they took home the Environment & Sustainability category at the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) in Wellington last night.

LINZ and the MDC entered their joint project, Marine Magic - Mapping of Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui – the most comprehensive marine mapping project ever undertaken in New Zealand, covering 44,000 hectares of seabed.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and Discovery Marine Limited (DML) were contracted by LINZ and the MDC to carry out the hydrographic survey.

Using state-of-the-art multibeam sonar technology the project demonstrated the power of large-scale scientific data to improve navigation safety, support environmental understanding, eco-system restoration and resource management.

LINZ Deputy Chief Executive Location Information, Jan Pierce said “Partnering with the MDC meant we could survey a much larger area and reduce the environmental impact and cost of surveying.”

Last night’s Supreme Award was presented by Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage. It went to the New Zealand Geographic Information Systems for Emergency Management (NZGIS4EM) committee, which also won the People & Community category for its entry NZGIS4EM - The Beginning.

The NZGIS4EM committee is supported by a fast-growing membership of 450 geospatial practitioners throughout the country ready to offer their advice and support to emergency managers during a crisis. 

Duane Wilkins from LINZ’s Data Services team was a finalist in the Education & Professional Development and Professional of the Year categories. Duane was also involved with the Indigenous Mapping Waananga, a finalist in the People and Community category.

Each year the NZSEA brings together the latest technologies and research delivering innovations in areas as diverse as conservation and traffic management.   

The Awards are a joint initiative between Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Survey and Spatial New Zealand (S+S NZ), and the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA NZ).

You can read more about the finalists and winners and from last night’s ceremony on the NZSEA website.

Photos from launch of Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui hydrographic survey findings, September 2018

  • John Morgan, Chief Executive NIWA; Minister for Land Information, Hon Eugenie Sage; Jan Pierce, Deputy Chief Executive Location Information, LINZ; Rob Murdoch, NIWA.
  • Steve Wilcox, NIWA; Rebecca McAtamney, General Manager Hydrography, LINZ.

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