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Data Sources

Where to find NZ data for your data mashup entries

About the data

The amount of New Zealand data now available for mashing up is steadily growing.

If you are new to mashing up data, you can also get great advice and guidance from our Newbies guide to mashing up data sponsored by the Charities Commission.

Remember that for all data mashup entries:

  • You must use at least one piece of New Zealand central or local government data.
  • You must have the rights and permission to use all data and content in your entry.
  • You need to provide the details of all content and data that you use when you submit your entry.
  • Please make sure you read and understand the full competition rules.

New data for Mix and Mash

Mix and Mash says “Hooray” to the organisations that worked hard to release this data in time for the competition this year.

New Zealand Post's Postcode Network File (PNF) and PostShop locations data

NZ Post have made their Postcode Network File (PNF) and PostShop locations data available especially for the 2011 Mix & Mash!


Mix and Mash feed for carpool data

Lucid Design have made available the data of all the rides from www.carpoolnz.org since it launched way back in 2005.


Historical Weather Database

NIWA has developed New Zealand's first one-stop shop for searches of historic weather events, as part of its Risks and Natural Hazards programme. The Historic Weather Events (HWE) catalog contains records of several hundred major weather events in New Zealand over the last 200 years. Previously, such information has only been available by undertaking complex and time-consuming searches of internet and library resources. The information has been gathered over the past 5 years and put together from newspaper reports, journals, books and several databases kindly provided to the NIWA team by the Met Service, regional councils and university researchers. Ongoing use by councils and other interested groups and individuals will see the catalog grow over time and become more comprehensive. The HWE catalog has been released at this stage to enable inquirers to start interacting and using the facility, even though there are still outstanding events that haven't been processed including some recent events in 2011


New Zealand Women’s Franchise Petitions 1892 and 1893

Archives New Zealand has released spreadsheets listing the names and districts of all signatories to the 1892 and 1893 Women’s Franchise Petitions. The 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition led to New Zealand becoming the first self-governing nation in the world where women won the right to vote. It was signed by close to one quarter of the female adult population and was, at that time, the largest petition of its kind signed in New Zealand and other Western countries. More information about these historically significant documents is available from Archives New Zealand.


Biodiversity Vegetation (Bioveg)

Waikato regional terrestrial and coastal vegetation, sand dunes and wetlands that are over 0.5 hectares and have been mapped and classified off 2001/2002 and 2007 WRAPS orthophotography using a slightly simplified version of the LCDB (1 and 2) classifications. Only classes relevant to regional terrestrial vegetation and wetland biodiversity have been mapped. Bioveg has many potential uses but most important amongst these is that it monitors change in vegetation, sand dunes and wetlands over time and that it forms the “base layer” from which potential Significant Natural Areas (SNA) are mapped. SNA may be used by the Regional Council and Territorial Authorities (City and District Councils) to identify and prioritise ecologically valuable areas for protection and enhancement using a variety of methods.


Births per day for 2009 and 2010 calendar years

Department of Internal Affairs has released a complete list of the number of males and females born each day in 2009 and 2010 (based on births registered in New Zealand).


Department of Conservation has made the following new data available from their Geoportal:

  • Huts: Approximate spatial representation of the physical location of DOC's huts represented as points.
  • Campsites: Approximate spatial representation of the physical location of DOC's campsites represented as points.
  • Hunting Blocks: Approximate spatial representation of hunting permissions across land managed by the Department of Conservation. This data is based upon land parcels (cadastre) but is not suitable for accurate boundary definition. NOTE: you MUST obtain a permit either online or through your local DOC office to hunt in these areas.