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.