Tasman District Council is part of the successful regional bid to the Provincial Growth Fund enabling the Council to complete its LiDAR view of the entire District.

As one of eight regional councils who applied for funding, in an application led by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to the PGF, Tasman will be able to complete the aerial capture of data started over 10 years ago.

LiDAR, while not very well known, is an essential element within our planning, managing and delivering for the current and future decisions regarding the District’s natural environment, said Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne.

“We use it for a multitude of purposes; analytical, such as hazard management or slope analysis, assisting developers and infrastructure managers with accurate terrain models, or providing primary producers with base layers for irrigation planning or forestry harvest optimisation. “

Taken from the air LiDAR also provides a better view and perspective of terrain used for base maps by the council, developers and  local sports and recreation groups.

Currently, about 30% of the Tasman District is captured by LiDAR. Due to the costs involved, the council has for the last 10 years centred around infrastructure (townships), coastal hazard management, and major river management.  More recently this was expanded to include hazards such as fault lines – Tsunami risk has also been defined using LiDAR.

“This is not just about Tasman District Council, there are a number of Crown agencies who will benefit including: Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Department of Conservation (DoC), Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), Fire & Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM), and the New Zealand Police (NZP).”