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New Zealand Geospatial Office

The New Zealand Geospatial Office (NZGO) is the coordinating body for implementing the New Zealand Geospatial Strategy.  Activities carried out by the NZGO include:

  • Promoting the discovery, access and interoperability of geospatial information, particularly through facilitation of a national Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)
  • Advising Government on policy for geospatial information
  • Facilitating communication between members of the geospatial community

For more information please visit the New Zealand Geospatial Office.


ANZLIC the Spatial Information Council is a joint initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Governments and the State and Territory Government of Australia.  The Council was formed in 1986 to:

  • Coordinate the collection and transfer of land-related information between the different levels of government; and
  • Promote the use of that information in decision making.

Policies and guidelines produced by ANZLIC include Guidelines for the Custodianship of Spatial Data, a Policy Statement on Spatial Data Management and the ANZLIC Metadata profile.

The New Zealand Geospatial Office is the contact organisation for ANZLIC in New Zealand.

ANZLIC Metadata Profile

The Australia New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC) Metadata Profile (version 1.1) is the recommended e-GIF geospatial metadata standard for use by New Zealand government agencies.  The Profile was endorsed by the State Services Commission in July 2010, following a consultation period which showed support for the Profile from the geospatial community.  Local Government and Crown Research Institutes are also encouraged to use the Profile and private industry is free to use it as well.

The Profile allows for the consistent collection of metadata (or information about data) across New Zealand and Australia.  The Profile defines a minimum set of elements that must be collected for spatial datasets and other resources.  It also provides the flexibility to capture more information about a dataset or resource in order to meet specific business requirements.  For frequently asked questions about the ANZLIC Metadata Profile, visit the Land Information New Zealand website.

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