Canterbury Maps workshops hit the right button

Friday 21 June 2013

Environment Canterbury has been offering workshops in response to unprecedented demand after the new Canterbury Maps website was launched in April.

Canterbury Maps is a joint data-sharing initiative by all the territorial authorities in Canterbury. The website – http://canterburymaps.govt.nz/ – features detailed maps and background data drawn from across the Canterbury region. Maps include detailed land and property information, data on the region’s water and air quality, council services and local attractions.

Miles McConway, Environment Canterbury’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services, says the workshops are aimed primarily at consultants who interact regularly with the regional council.

“After the website was launched we recognised the need to provide training workshops to our stakeholders so that they could better understand the capabilities of Canterbury Maps and to promote the service as a resource for the wider good of the region,” he said.

“We’ve set up three training workshops (one in Timaru and two in Christchurch) which are so valued they have been oversubscribed, so it looks like we’ll have to organise another workshop in Christchurch,” he said.

Mr McConway also said that the Canterbury Maps website played a significant role in one of the largest Civil Defence exercises conducted of its kind in New Zealand in recent times. The Te Ripahapa exercise was held at the end of May and involved all South Island Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups.

The Canterbury Maps website is collaboration between Environment Canterbury and all other local authorities across Canterbury. For further instructions about Canterbury Maps, or to enquire about attending a workshop please contact Customer Services on 03 353 9007 or 0800 324 636.