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Read inspiring New Zealand stories about innovative projects that use open data. You can also hear about the challenges, successes and benefits of initiatives to publish open data.

Where do your rates go?

Environment Canterbury partnered with Orbica to create an online tool, opening up their rating data to engage with the public and show how funds are spent in the community.
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Local councils presents data from New Zealand’s 78 local authorities, in a consistent format that enables it to be compared and analysed.
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New Zealand Legislation website

Providing access to legislation is a fundamental part of the PCO’s role – and in 2008 they launched the New Zealand Legislation website. The site provides free access to legislation, including up-to-date reprints of Acts and Legislative Instruments.
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Charities Register

In 2011 Charities Services (then the Charities Commission) made advanced search functionality available for the Charities Register and licensed the data for re-use under a Creative Commons BY licence.
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Screenshot of LINZ map with markers that can be clicked to show information.

NZ tides prediction data

LINZ is provides charts and hydrographic services producing specialised nautical charts to aid safe navigation in New Zealand waters and certain areas of Antarctica and the South West Pacific.
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Screenshot of hydrographic images in LINZ Data Service.

LINZ Data Service

LINZ Data Service (LDS) holds more than 40 groupings of data on New Zealand’s land and sea.
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PositioNZ GNSS Data

LINZ releases two forms of GNSS data from the PositioNZ network; static data and real-time data. The static data is used by surveyors to determine accurate positions once they have returned from the field, a technique called post-processing.
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Screenshot of ECan's open public transport data homepage.

Environment Canterbury Public Transport Open Data

In May 2005, Environment Canterbury began releasing public transport data for re-use. The data includes route details, bus stop locations, scheduling details, as well as the real time bus estimated time of arrivals (ETAs).
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Wellington City Council Geospatial Open Data

In April 2010, WCC began licensing and releasing geospatial data for re-use. This includes aerial photos, historic maps, boundaries, contour lines, building footprints, utility networks, hazard information and locations of WCC facilities.
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Land Cover Database

The Land Cover Database (LCDB), available to users of the Land Resource Information System (LRIS) portal offers environment data held by Landcare Research for re-use in GIS and mapping applications.
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Screenshot of the GeoNet homepage.


GeoNet provide free access to high quality and timely data and information for emergency management, research, industry use and to the public.
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Screenshot of the InfoConnect homepage.


InfoConnect is an NZTA initiative to help ensure road users have access to timely and accurate road condition information.The ultimate aim of InfoConnect is to help empower road users to make their own travel choices and decisions.
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Screenshot of the Infoshare homepage.


Infoshare, a self-service open online data tool on Stats NZ’s website, contains over 30 million aggregated, confidentialised, time-series data.
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Screenshot of the Tier 1 statistics homepage on the Stats NZ website.

Official statistics

Tier 1 statistics are New Zealand’s most important statistics, and are essential to help the Government, business, and members of the public to make informed decisions and monitor the state and progress of New Zealand.
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Screenshot of the 2006 Census homepage.

2006 Census

The census is one of New Zealand’s most important data sources. Statistics NZ released aggregated, confidentialised data from the 2006 Census including information on age, ethnicity, income, workplace, dwelling size and other variables.
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Screenshot of the economic indicators homepage on the Stats NZ website.

Economic indicators

Economic indicators data is regularly released by Statistics NZ. Most of these indicators are updated on a quarterly and annual basis.
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