National Imagery Coordination

Land Information New Zealand works with councils, regional consortiums and response agencies to acquire and publish aerial imagery of New Zealand.

We collect and distribute aerial imagery so that it is:

  • delivered cost-effectively
  • easy to access and use
  • available to help in decision-making
  • able to drive economic growth.

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Rural aerial imagery

We work with regional groups to make sure rural aerial imagery procured by the public sector has an open license. Our orthophotography acquisition specification ensures these datasets have a common specification.

Urban aerial imagery

We publish urban aerial imagery so that it is distributed along with rural aerial imagery.

Satellite imagery

We publish satellite imagery mosaics using imagery sourced from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2B satellites. These are freely available under an open access license.

Historical aerial photos

Our partnerships with regional councils promote the scanning of the Crown historical aerial photo archive.

National emergency response imagery

We work with response agencies to meet their aerial imagery needs during an emergency. This helped them assess the event and inform recovery.

Previous examples of this include:

•   Kaikoura Earthquake Aerial Photos (2016) on LDS
•   Christchurch Earthquake Aerial Photos (2011) on LDS