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NZ Suburbs and Localities (Pilot)
The NZ Suburbs and Localities (Pilot) dataset describes the spatial extent and name of communities in urban areas (suburbs) and rural areas (localities) to help locate people and properties. It is based on the [NZ Localities](https://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/104830-fire-and-emergency-nz-localities/) dataset which is maintained by Fire and Emergency NZ.
At this stage, [NZ Localities](https://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/104830-fire-and-emergency-nz-localities/) continues to be maintained by Fire and Emergency NZ and published on the LINZ Data Service. Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) will establish a new dataset to replace NZ Localities in 2023. NZ Localities will continue to be available for a period of six months to allow for the transition to NZ Suburbs and Localities. Updates to both datasets will be limited to priority changes required by the Fire and Emergency Communications Centre during this transition.
While creating NZ Suburbs and Localities (Pilot), LINZ has taken the opportunity to restructure the data based on customer feedback. Our intention is to make the suburbs and localities data easier to understand and use.
The key changes introduced in NZ Suburbs and Localities (Pilot) are:
All suburb and locality names are now held in a single field, to replace the 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st order names New Zealand Geographic Board official place names have been adopted, including macrons. Additional name field, to hold alternative common or in-use names Each name field has a corresponding ascii field to provide the names without macrons or other special characters Territorial Authority has been added Small lakes and tarns have been removed A simple version of the data has been created to removed the related tables. A complex version of the data has three related tables to provide a one to many relationship for Territorial Authority, Additional Names and Adjacent Names. The complex version will be published once the data structure for the pilot has been confirmed Please refer to the [NZ Localities Data Migration Guidance](https://data.linz.govt.nz/document/24345-nz-suburbs-and-localities-migration-guidance/) for more information.
We welcome your feedback on NZ Suburbs and Localities (Pilot)
Are the changes to the NZ Suburbs and Localities (Pilot) dataset useful? Have you identified any opportunities to improve NZ Suburbs and Localities (Pilot) ? Any other feedback? **Please provide feedback via this short [survey](https://landinformationnz.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bgEkNUkVhJBXrdc) by 29th October 2022.**
**APIs and web services**
This dataset is available via ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS REST services, as well as our standard APIs. [LDS APIs and OGC web services](https://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/110443-nz-suburbs-and-localities-pilot/) [ArcGIS Online map services](https://linz.maps.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=78d8aa32ccba449fb02b3695a67a3365)
The NZ Suburbs and Localities (Pilot) dataset describes the spatial extent and name of communities in urban areas (suburbs) and rural areas (localities) to help locate people and properties.
NZ Suburbs and Localities is based on NZ Localities, a dataset originally created and maintained by Fire and Emergency NZ. Cadastral parcel boundaries are used to define most suburb and locality boundaries. In rural areas features such as ridgelines on Topo50 maps will be used to define a boundary. All suburb and locality boundaries gazetted by a Territorial Authority will be incorporated into NZ Suburbs and Localities. The coastline boundary is currently a mix of parcel data and topographical data. Urban areas are captured predominantly at 0.1-1 metre and rural areas predominantly at 1-100 metres.