Bird’s eye view of district online

All of the Waikato district can be seen online now after the launch of Waikato District Council’s new external map viewer.

The new software  allows people to view and search for:

      • a property
      • property and road boundaries
      • property and rating information
      • District Plan information
      • utilities information (water, wastewater and stormwater)
      • aerial photography.

“Maps Online gives our customers access to an incredible wealth of information. Our aim is to have all the information we collect about Waikato district available to our customers through the website,” says Tony Whittaker, general manager Strategy and Support.

The council has been using mapping tools internally to manage assets and deliver services for some time but this is the first time interactive maps are available to the public, he said.

“The viewer is designed to be user-friendly for everyone and allows users to overlay a range of Waikato specific property, services and recreational information on top of birds-eye view maps.”

Maps Online has many features familiar to people who use Google Maps or Google Earth. It also offers other key features including the ability to annotate or make notes on maps.

“Users can add text and shapes to maps, measure distances and mark areas to say for example, ‘this is where the new shed will be,’” he said.

“We’re experiencing high development and growth in certain areas. The information available in Maps Online will be updated regularly to reflect changes in our district.”

Some aerial photography in the map viewer is as recent as a few months. The latest aerial photos of Pokeno were captured using new drone technology which delivered top quality, hi-resolution photography.

Council’s Geographic Information System team manages all of the council’s spatial information and will continually update the map viewer to keep up with the changing face of Waikato district.

Have a look at the new software here.

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