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Geographic information systems are used by Government departments and Crown Research Institutes to provide analysis, visualisations and evidence for decision making, research and planning. Understanding the location of Government assets, our natural resources and the population, allows for greater efficiency in the provision, use and maintenance of these assets and services.

It is hard to gauge just how big GIS is within government, as there are a number of departments using it with varying degrees of complexity and utilisation. However, the use of GIS is growing as more departments either establish their own GIS teams, or realise the benefits of using GIS and contract out for GIS services, tools and applications.

Most GIS professionals within government have a university qualification (which has included some papers in GIS) or equivalent experience in GIS. A general interest in Information Technology can be useful in all GIS positions but is not required.

Some examples of GIS use within central government:

  • Tracking disease or pest outbreaks
  • Planning the location of new schools and bus routes
  • Identifying routes for high voltage transmission power lines and new roads
  • Allocating Police, Fire and Ambulance resources
  • Measuring New Zealand’s international Kyoto Protocol obligations and our carbon accountability
  • Predicting and analysing our weather
  • Visualising and tracking earthquakes and the effects they have on people and the environment
  • Planning aerial or ground based animal and weed control operations
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