Govt considering database of land info

To include geospatial data for addresses, roads and place names

The government is looking at establishing a national register of addresses, roads and place names.

The register would include geospatial depiction of their location and have open interfaces to other systems within government agencies.

Land Information New Zealand has issued a Request For Information seeking initial expressions of interest in providing such a register, but notes it's not yet certain the project will go ahead.

"If there is insufficient reason to proceed or the government does not support the initiative, it may not progress beyond the current stage," the RFI document states.

The purpose of the RFI is to collect "sufficient information to allow the creation of a proposal to be presented to government" and the register, if it goes ahead, will need to be compliant with the government's ESA (emergency services and government administration) specification.

Criteria for the register, if it goes ahead, include that it be accessible online to government agencies and local authorities and that local authorities can enter and access address and road data, including changes.

According to the RFI, "the crown seeks a solution which provides government's authoritative location information, covering addresses, roads, localities and place and geographic feature names for the entire country, [including] their accurate geospatial representation for mapping purposes."

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