Wed 6 May 2015 1:29AM

What data do people want for GovHackNZ?

SM Shaun McGirr Public Seen by 187

Throw your ideas in here, discuss and a bit later on let's get voting.


Peter W Sat 6 Jun 2015 4:25AM

As a traveler without a large mobile data plan, I'd like to know where I can find wifi in towns in NZ. I know some Spark payphones have wifi so ideally I'd love to see a dataset that shows which payphones have wifi (not sure if the gov has that though). Hopefully this isn't too off topic!


Jo Booth Sat 6 Jun 2015 9:27PM

That's a great idea. There was the national broadband map which mapped demand and providers, but free or open WiFi providers would be a very useful thing to aggregate. With the free cbd wifi or equivalent in many cities there should be some data on the terms of each one.


Shaun McGirr Mon 8 Jun 2015 1:08AM

Whom could we ask for this?


Jo Booth Mon 8 Jun 2015 1:56AM

@shaunmcgirr1 it looks like MED 'have' it - but the lovely people at Koordinates run the 'map' part of the Broadband Map now.. http://broadbandmap.govt.nz/we-re-moving/

In fact:

There is a REST and SOAP API http://broadbandmap.govt.nz/information-for-developers/

But this is mainly commercial wireless providers -- not the 'free' 'open' kind.


Shaun McGirr Mon 8 Jun 2015 10:09AM

I think we'll have to leave it to a GovHack team to take wacky images like this (http://cbdfree.co.nz/img/zones.png) and this (http://freewifi.trademe.co.nz/) and make a map layer that Koordinates could consume. If we can get a specific "ask" together, we could go to Spark and others and ask for their wifi coverage maps in a machine-readable format too.

Peter W, would you like to lead such a team for GovHack?


Peter W Mon 8 Jun 2015 11:06PM

I probably shouldn't take anything on other than just trying to get to Aukland (via bike, from Christchurch, so that'll keep me pretty busy). But it looks like there data is online at least from Spark, maybe it wouldn't be too hard to get: http://www.spark.co.nz/chch/?wifi


Jo Booth Tue 9 Jun 2015 3:05AM

Jamie from NZRS said he was keen to attend - he's likely got a handle on networks in New Zealand.


Shaun McGirr Tue 9 Jun 2015 3:51AM

Cool can you make sure he sees our event page? I like to send people this one: http://govhackwellington.nz/pages/about.html


Jamie - NZRS Tue 9 Jun 2015 9:34AM

Hey Shaun/Jo etal...

The data on old and new broadband maps is older, and not what you are looking for, I would guess.

Mapping coverage from hotspots I would not recommend but there are some starting points for data. The caveat I add is I don't know how this data is licensed.

Here is one starting point of machine readable data.


On the assumption Spark has turned every payphone into a hotspot (which I think they pretty much have bar some odd cases) - here is a pretty usable data set:


I am going to request of a couple of providers their XY and/or address data of hotspots, and add that in. You can geocode address to XY quite easily.


Shaun McGirr Thu 11 Jun 2015 8:01PM

Thanks Jamie, let us know when you get it.


Peter W Mon 22 Jun 2015 10:03PM

Another idea - does anyone know if there are shapefiles with info about the NZ Cycle Trail available? (http://www.nzcycletrail.com/). I'd be interested in both the short 1-2 day routes and the longer cross-country touring routes.


Peter W Tue 23 Jun 2015 12:26AM

Actually it looks like they have routes online (just buried a bit) - http://www.nzcycletrail.com/wairarapa-valley-cycleway/map you can click around to find the various routes. Might be a way to extract the data from that site.


Jess Robertson Tue 30 Jun 2015 8:03AM

Hi all,

Less a request and more of a comment I guess. You guys should be taking advantage of some of the fantastic science datasets on offer from the crown research institutes (GNS, NIWA, Landcare etc). We put together a list of some of the open science datasets on this side of the Tasman here: http://govhack-science.github.io, including pages for the data from NZ.

Some of the really cool datasets include earthquake data, ag stuff for farmers, water usage, detailed topographic data, climate change stuff, webcams of coastlines, data from Antartica etc etc. It's a veritable smorgasbord of stuff, already freely available, and I'd encourage you to take a look at it.

Heres a couple of pages of stuff we found interesting (with links through to the data):

Landcare - http://govhack-science.github.io/2015/05/08/landcare.html
NIWA - http://govhack-science.github.io/2015/05/04/niwa.html
GNS - http://govhack-science.github.io/2015/05/07/gns.html

Many of these datasets have equivalents here in Australia as well if you want to make your hacks truly trans-Tasman.

cheers, jess (expat Kiwi currently working in Perth)


Shaun McGirr Tue 30 Jun 2015 10:47AM

Thanks Jess! We'll add it to the list of lists.


Jess Robertson Tue 30 Jun 2015 11:14AM

No worries guys. Hope everything runs smoothly!


Fiona Fieldsend Wed 1 Jul 2015 4:52AM

Kia ora koutou,

Another comment - I hope it is ok to post it here.
The DigitalNZ team have been working with the New Zealand Gazette Office to bring their
metadata into our API in time for GovHack.


We are delighted to announce the New Zealand Gazette data, right back to 1993,
is now available in our API!

The data has a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence.

See: http://www.digitalnz.org/developers/govhack-infopack#gazette for more

If you have any specific questions feel free to email them to develop@digitalnz.org

All the best,


Fiona Fieldsend | Manager, DigitalNZ Services
DigitalNZ | http://digitalnz.org | @digitalnz
National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua


Nadia Webster Thu 2 Jul 2015 11:55PM

Nice one @fionafieldsend1 ! To add to the good news......

Just in time for GovHack 2015 the Govt.nz API has been reinstated. The team is grateful for the feedback that's been provided since version 1 of the API was released in 2014, and has incorporated many of these suggestions in the redevelopment.

Version 2 of the API initially exposes organisation and consultation data. Organisation data includes information about national and local government organisations, their contact details and key personnel. Consultation data helps the public get involved in central and local government decision making.

The API can offer additional data in the future, and the Govt.nz team is keen to receive your input on what further data categories will be most useful, as well as feedback on what we've delivered so far, or have a chat with us at GovHack, Wellington.

The API is documented on this page:


Shaun McGirr Fri 3 Jul 2015 1:29AM

Thanks all!