Council Open Data
Much of the data collected by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is available for public use. You can see the data online or download for use in your own applications. Data is continually updated.
Data on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 or 4.0 New Zealand License.
Data the Council has available as open data:
- Archives – HBRC and previous organisations
- GIS Open Data - regional and national
- LAWA – national environmental data website
- Retrolens – scans of historic aerial photos back to 1930s
- Publications – HBRC reports & information
- Time Series – raw data that changes with time (eg rainfall, river flows)
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council archives are stored at the Archives Central building at 40 Bowen Street, Feilding and listings are available on line to make these more accessible to the public.
The collection includes records of Catchment Boards, Pest Destruction Boards, Noxious Plant Authorities, the United Council, Rabbit Boards and River Boards that operated within Hawke’s Bay from 1877-1989. The types of records include: minute books and other meeting papers, correspondence files, accounts and financial records.
Geographical Information System (GIS) Open Data site provides access to Council’s spatial data. GIS data stores the location of features and associated attributes. Search and download entire or filtered datasets in a variety of formats.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council provides environmental science data to this national federated website which takes data from all regional council enabling people to more easily find out about New Zealand’s environment.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council makes a wide range of publications available that contain data and commentary. Links to these can be found on this website under relevant topic headings, or go to Publications which is being continually updated and will eventually provide an easy to use portal of all the reports we have on file.
Retrolens is a resource for decision making, complying with regulatory requirements and cultural heritage. HBRC joined the Historic Archive Imagery Scanning Project in 2015 to develop Retrolens, which is a collaboration between a number of councils and central government to preserve and digitise more than 500,000 historic aerial photo negatives, dating back to the 1930s. So far it contains more than 8,000 Hawke’s Bay images, and around 32,000 will be available by 2021.
The images are available for download and released under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 NZ.
HBRC makes data available to developers, consultants, academics and researchers. Care needs to be taken when using this data as it may have been obtained for specific purposes and be unsuitable for, or of limited use for other purposes. HBRC is working to provide additional metadata to improve data interpretation, but this is an ongoing project and will take time to complete.
We will develop a FAQ to add information for users. If you have any questions please email us here.