Thursday, 21 August 2014



Organisational categories:
  • Award for Export; Environment & Sustainability;
  • Innovation & Commercialisation;
  • People & Community;
  • Spatial Enablement;
  • Technical Excellence
Individual categories:
  • Education & Professional Development;
  • Professional of the Year;
  • Postgraduate Student of the Year;
  • Undergraduate Student of the Year;
  • Young Professional of the Year


Copyright © 2014 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards, All rights reserved.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Early Bird registrations 4 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards daytime seminar and/or dinner are now open!

Early Bird registrations for the inaugural New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards daytime seminar and/or dinner are now open!

The Awards dinner will be held on Thursday 27 November 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington, with Mark Sainsbury confirmed as Master of Ceremonies.  The Awards presented at the dinner will recognise the achievements of those working at the cutting edge of the spatial profession in this country.  The Awards seminar showcases all 33 NZSEA finalists on the afternoon prior to the dinner.

More information on Early Bird registrations, the award categories, how to enter and details on how to support the event, are available at

Entries for the Awards close on 29 August 2014 and all entrants will be notified of the outcome of their submission in October.

Warm regards
NZSEA Organising Committee

Monday, 28 July 2014

Having a hard time making use of the latest Census data in your GIS?

Having a hard time making use of the latest Census data in your GIS?
Michele Hosking from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has converted all the Census 2013 data (downloaded from Statistics New Zealand) from spreadsheets into GIS tables which can be joined to either the meshblocks or the area units for the Census 2013 data.

We thought you may find a use for it so here is a link Download the Census data as an ArcGIS 10.1 geodatabase (on google drive >174MB). She’s included a readme file in the zip file which explains what she has done and where the data is.

As an added bonus the census information has been split into 2001, 2006 and 2013 data and into AreaUnit and Meshblock tables. Want even more? The NZ Deprivation Index is included as a table as well!


This work is based on/includes Statistics New Zealand’s data which are licensed by Statistics New Zealand for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence.
Please note that while every effort has been made to ensure there are no errors something may have slipped through the cracks, if this is the case then we are sorry but we won’t accept any responsibility.

Brought to by the LGGA team

Monday, 14 July 2014

We want your tracks data!

with a national focus for all ...

The LGGA, along with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Walking Access Commission and Department of Conservation have been working together to develop a National Draft Data Model for 'Walking and Cycling Tracks data'.  
The purpose of this project is to create a national dataset of tracks data that is available for the public to use.  This national dataset will be coordinated by LINZ and ultimately used in the 1:50,000 LINZ maps.

The wider intention of this project is to

1.       Review current collaboration between agencies at a local, regional and national level, and identify potential improvements
2.       Develop a central data repository
3.       Create a method for councils to easily update national datasets
4.       Capture data to inform 50k LINZ maps

Firstly, we are after open data (i.e. data that can be released and re-released by a 3rd party without financial or any other payment and with limited restrictions) – for example CC-by (  If you do not have clear licensing set up for your tracks data, LINZ is happy to assist in getting you over that hurdle.  Please contact Brent Robertson (  LINZ will attribute the data suppliers in the national dataset.
There are two options for getting tracks data to LINZ:

1.       PREFERRED OPTION: Map your tracks data into the tracks data model (there is a guide and some tools available here and send it through to Brent Robertson (brobertson@linz.govt.nzby 31st July 2014.

2.       IF NOTHING ELSE OPTION: Simply extract your tracks data from your database (in a common geo data format, shape, geodatabase, kml, map info, etc) and send it through to Brent Robertson (  If you have a description/metadata and spec you use to manage this data, please send that through too by 31st July 2014.
At the moment LINZ are very happy to receive the data via an email to Brent if that is easiest, or they can also provide an FTP drop point (or equivalent).  If your data is already available via web download or web services (e.g. WFS) – please provide LINZ the details and they’ll help themselves and when they’ve got your data they will inform you that they have it.
Timeframe:  we want to have lots of data ready to show people at the ESRI User Group Conference, therefore please send LINZ this data by 31st July.
Many thanks in advance and LGGA and LINZ are looking forward to working with you all towards a national tracks dataset.
The tracks project team

Calling all aspiring NZ Spatial Excellence Awards entrants

Calling all aspiring NZ Spatial Excellence Awards entrants

It’s time to recognise the achievements of those working at the cutting edge of the spatial profession in this country.

Every year spatial industry innovation results in far-reaching benefits across many different sectors of New Zealand society, yet the organisations and individuals responsible go largely unnoticed.

NZSEA is inviting you to take part in the inaugural New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) – a joint venture between the spatial profession, business and government to recognise the industry’s top achievers.

Today the NZSEA organising committee is delighted to announce that entries for this exciting event on 27 November are now open.

The awards are open to all New Zealand spatial professionals and spatial organisations and are divided into two sections – organisational and individual.

In the organisational section there are six categories: export; people and community; innovation and commercialisation; environment and sustainability; spatial enablement; and technical excellence.

In the individual section there are five categories: professional of the year; young professional of the year; undergraduate student of the year; postgraduate student of the year; and education and professional development.

NZSEA winners will also be eligible to enter the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) in Brisbane next March.

Entries close on 29 August 2014 and all entrants will be notified of the outcome of their submission in October.

For information on how to enter and to keep up with the latest NZSEA news, please visit

For regular updates sign up to their Twitter account, @nzseawards, or find them on LinkedIn.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Fleshing out the meanings of the stickie notes at the Symposium

At the ALGIM GIS Symposium we held a workshop to discuss future projects that the LGGA could consider undertaking.  We did this in three sections:

1.       Issues

2.       Data

3.       Communications

The ideas were provided by stickie notes up on the wall.  It’s a great way of getting ideas flowing.  The drawback is needing to make sure that what was written is being interpreted correctly.  The aim of this addition on the blog is to report back on the highest rated suggestions in each of the three sections and to seek clarification of the intention for the first two; for the communications it is pretty obvious but if there are further comments you would like to make please do so.

What we would like is that you edit the table so that we get comprehensive thoughts for each item.

Spreadsheet of Ideas (click here to add you comments)

The LGGA team are meeting again in late June and will be working on these suggestions then.
We look forward to your contributions.
Gill, Dave and Iain

Friday, 11 April 2014

ALGIMGIS Conference


Below is the link to a workshop that was done at this years Algim GIS conference in Auckland on
Monday 07 April, 2014.

Thanks to all who attended the session and made the workshop really worthwhile.

Also I have add below links the presentations from the national tracks presentation. If you would like to know more about this project, visit the tracks page as we will be adding more information to this page over time.

Iain Campion

Combined datasets!

  • Dave Withington, Regional Geospatial Manager, Bay Of Plenty Regional Council
  • Iain Campion, Team Leader Data & GIS, Environment Canterbury
  • Gill Lawrence, Spatial Information Programme Manager, Waikato Regional Council

  • Ric Cullinan, Operations Manager, NZ Walking Access Commission
  • Iain Campion, Team Leader Data & GIS, Environment Canterbury
  • Aaron Jordan, Business Manager Topographic, Land Information New Zealand

Monday, 31 March 2014


The Map to the below shows the current representation of the LGGA, 

The representatives are as follows;
Dave Withington (Chair)- Bay of Plenty and Gisborne
Ana Krpo - Auckland
Gill Lawrence - Waikato
Sean Hodges - Manawatu and Whanganui
Hayleigh Brereton - Hawke's Bay
Iain Campion - Canterbury

Susan Shaw - Top of the South
Les Gibbs - West Coast
Greg Russell - Wellington Region
Chris Lambert - Taranaki

Please contact your representative if you would like more information, or if your area is blank and you would like to represent it then please contact Dave.

Walking and Cycling Tracks Data Model

The LGGA along with LINZ, Walking Access Commission and Doc have been developing a National Draft Data Model for 'Walking and Cycling Tracks data'. We hope to create a national dataset of tracks data shared through the LDS. Come along to the presentation at the ALGIM GIS symposium to learn more.

 click for tracks page

If you want contact someone abou this project ..  Gill Lawrence, Iain Campion or Hayleigh Brereton 

Historic Aerial Images

The LGGA has been involved in Pilot project to begin scanning the NZ Aerial Crown Imagery Archives.  The Crown Archive has 500,000 images from 1936 to 2005.  The Pilot is undertaking the scanning of two areas to gain scanning capability using two scanners that have been purchased by LINZ, finding out what the challenges are in scanning different types of films, cameras and conditions of the images, finalising metadata capture and considering georeferencing implications.  This will assist in the development of a business case for the next steps in saving the archive including a funding model.  

Councils use these photos for many reasons.  The LGGA  would like to start encourgaging councils to consider inclusion of budget towards aerial photography.  There is likely to be a funding model across different sectors, but there will be a council component.  There is huge value in saving these resources.
Contact Gill Lawrence for more information. 

So, What have we been doing?

Most notably, over the last year the LGGA has been developing relationships with Central Government Agencies, providing feedback and direction from a Local Government perspective and providing a touch point for Local Government GIS. The LGGA is seeking a mandate from LG NZ to represent the Local Government Geospatial Industry
Contact Dave Withington for more information