Online – through their website – the Council have the GIS system. This purportedly provides for all the information that a land owner, property developer or builder might want to access. It shows infrastructure pipes including sizes, hazards like flooding and other information.
The problem is that Auckland Council has its own new internal GIS type system. And the two are not the same.
The internal system has much much more information on it. Hazards and capacity issues are backed up with reports, capacity and flow calculations and all the other pertinent information that would be required to design and develop a site.
Why have two systems?
Because Council doesn’t really want to empower property owners with information. Part of what has been a culture for decades has been the ability for engineers particularly to force upgrades to local pipes on land owners who are wanting to develop or renovate. Not providing information for scrutiny is the only way that this trick is pulled off. Read more »