Date: 02 October 2012
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)A new system developed in collaboraton between Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) is set to create huge gains in the management of New Zealand Crown land.
Launched earlier this week, the National Property and Land Information System (NaPALIS) will provide LINZ and DOC staff with up to date information for more than 40 percent of New Zealand’s land area and ensure that both departments are fully equipped to continue to best manage their respective Crown land holdings.
“Given that both LINZ and DOC have important roles in managing, overseeing and safeguarding a significant amount of Crown land it made sense for us to work together,” said DOC Director-General Al Morrison.
“Tapping into, and combining, the expertise and specialist knowledge from both departments has enabled us to develop a technology platform that will effectively support our future Crown land management.”
As well as providing detailed information about each department’s respective land holdings – such as location, size, elevation and vegetation – NaPALIS will also have a number of standardised, in many cases automated, processes to help LINZ and DOC staff with the day-to-day management of their respective land portfolios.
“This system is vital for ensuring the effective ongoing management of a significant portion of New Zealand’s land,” Mr Morrison said.
While LINZ and DOC will continue to manage their land portfolios separately, the way in which information and data is recorded will be more consistent and provide valuable and readily available information to help with decision-making.
“Working together to develop the system meets the Government’s directive for cross-government shared services, and we’re aiming to create benefits beyond just our two departments,” said LINZ Chief Executive Peter Mersi.
“Early on, we identified the opportunity to design the system in a way that would enable other Crown agencies and local authorities to adapt and use it – as experts in managing land, we put the ground work into developing the system so that other organisations won’t need to individually fund the development and maintenance of their own systems.
“It’s our hope that allowing other agencies to use the National Property and Land Information System will provide opportunities to create efficiencies across government.”
LINZ: Chas Te Runa, ph: +64 4 460 2769 or +64 27 566 5251
DOC: Reuben Williams, ph: +64 4 471 3139 or +64 27 257 2216