The power of where

Location information describes the location and names of features on, beneath or above the earth’s surface. It is information that is linked to a specific location.

A simple example of this is the topographical information on a map. A more complicated example is a dataset combined into layers to show land use, population density, and so on.

Toitū Te Whenua is the authoritative source for many key geographic and property datasets, which are available through the LINZ Data Service. We also take a leadership role in geospatial systems, focused on challenges facing New Zealand where we can make a difference.

Uncovering patterns and knowledge

Location information can be combined with other data to uncover new patterns and knowledge, or find out where things happen (or could happen). For example:

  • Where could there be risks from flooding, tsunami or climate change?
  • Where are polluted waterways?
  • Where is there pressure on housing?
  • Where should infrastructure be built?

These examples show how location information can help with planning and decision-making. It can also drive innovation and increase productivity across the economy.

Location information data

Explore the Products and services section for more information on the location information we provide including charts, maps and data.

Products and services