This document provides detailed metadata (data dictionary) for the NZ River Name Lines and Polygons (pilot) independent datasets published on the LINZ Data Service (LDS) as:
These datasets provide river name lines and polygons for mainland New Zealand. It is part of a pilot to understand the benefit of combining river names and location, and making these openly available through the LDS.
How this data can be used
The NZ River Name Lines (Pilot) dataset together with the NZ River Name Polygons (Pilot) dataset, are the first openly available datasets with NZ river names attributed to geometry features (lines and polygons). This data can be used for searching for a named river and zooming to its extents, extracting geometries of a named river, creating digital cartographic products displaying river names, and analysing other features against named rivers (e.g. identifying buildings or properties within a specified distance of a particular named river). The geometries of these pilot datasets are derived from NZ Topo50 river centrelines, canal centrelines, drain centrelines, canal polygons, and river polygons.
The river names and extents in these datasets are based on the cartographic text shown on NZ Topo50 maps as of December 2018, and are an approximation and should not be taken as official. Further details on the naming extents methodology is explained below.
- Official geographic names as listed in the New Zealand Gazetteer of place names must be used in all official documents as per the New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008.
- This pilot dataset is unlikely to be updated, however Feedback below will be used for future enhancements to LINZ river datasets.
The purpose of these River Name Lines (pilot) and River Name Polygons (pilot) datasets is to understand the benefit of having river names attributed to river geometry features and making this openly available through the LDS.
The new NZ River Name Lines (Pilot) dataset consists of the combined geometry features found in three separate Topo50 datasets:
but with names applied as attributes for named features.
The Topo50 river centrelines, drain centrelines, and canal centrelines datasets do not currently contain river names as an attribute, and river names are instead held in a separate Geographic Names point dataset (Image 1 example). The new NZ River Name Lines (Pilot) dataset does contain river names as an attribute of each river feature (Image 2 example). All of the features in these three datasets have been included. Unnamed features have an empty name attribute but are still included for context.
In a similar manner, the new NZ River Name Polygons (Pilot) dataset consists of the combined geometry features found in two Topo50 datasets:
but with names applied as attributes for named features. The Topo50 river polygons and canal polygons datasets also do not currently contain river names as an attribute, and river names are instead held in a separate Geographic Names point dataset (Image 3 example). The new NZ River Name Polygons (Pilot) dataset does contain river names as an attribute of each river feature, and the river polygons geometries were split where differently named river polygons are joined (Image 4 exmaple). All of the features in these two datasets have been included. Unnamed features have an empty name attribute but are still included for context.
1.4. Naming Extents Methodology¶
Named river features in these pilot datasets were derived from the position of cartographic text shown on NZ Topo50 maps. These river feature name attributes were matched to those described in the NZ Gazetteer where extents were defined as of December 2018. This can be illustrated in Image 5 below, where the NZ Gazetteer shows an extent for Māhina-a-rangi Stream, and the new NZ River Name Line (Pilot) dataset has matching line feature attributes in Image 6.
For rivers where the NZ Gazetteer has no name extent defined, river features were named upstream along the longest upstream tributary. In the Topo50 map series, river names are stored as attributes of named point data (Image 7). Image 8 shows how NZ River Name lines (Pilot) features were attributed both downstream, and upstream to the longest tributary. In some cases, upstream feature extents were unnamed if they were significantly long in distance (eg. 10km) from the Topo50 cartographic text and it was not obvious they should be named.
We want your feedback
This pilot dataset is unlikely to be updated, however feedback will be used for future enhancements to LINZ river datasets. To provide your feedback on these pilot datasets, please complete our short survey here
1.7. Accuracy Specification¶
This dataset was derived from NZ Topo50 datasets which were captured at a scale suitable for 1:50,000 maps with a spatial accuracy of +/- 22 metres. Some features may be more accurate where they have been realigned recently.
Textual data uses UTF-8 character encoding. Data for the pilot datasets decribed in this data dictionary can be downloaded in CSV, Shapefile, Geopackage/SQlite, Geodatabase, and MapInfo Tab, DWG and KML formats, or obtained through a Web Feature Service (WFS) format.
Matching point in time related data can be downloaded in CSV format, or obtained through a web feature service (WFS) format.
The source geometry of all spatial data uses NZGD2000 / New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000 (EPSG 2193) as the spatial reference system.