Spatial Information in the New Zealand Economy (2008)


The report titled ‘Spatial Information in the New Zealand Economy: Realising Productivity Gains’ was commissioned by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and led by ACIL Tasman (now ACIL Allen) economic consultants based in Sydney, describes how spatial information is used across many sectors of New Zealand’s economy.

It quantifies the value of spatial information in the economy, estimates the gains available from removing barriers to spatial information thus making a greater contribution to productivity and describes and estimates the value of greater use of spatial information to innovation and product markets.

Geographical scope

New Zealand

Non-quantified impacts

None evaluated

Quantifiable impacts

The use and re-use of spatial information is estimated to have added NZD 1.2 billion in productivity-related benefits to the New Zealand economy in 2008. This value is the result of increasing adoption of modern spatial information technologies over the period 1995-2008 and is equivalent to slightly more than 0.6 per cent of GDP.



Study type

Case Studies used to estimate national impact used as input to Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model

Economy sector

Education, Water, Infrastructure (Transport), Infrastructure (ICT), Infrastructure (Energy), Health, Tourism, Public Safety and Security, Disaster Risk Management, Retail, Design and Construction, Public Sector Local Government, Agriculture, Geology and Mining