Co-Lab Better Together

Participating Councils

Geospatial Projects and Services

Waikato councils have a longstanding history of geospatial data collaboration.  Below is a list of some of the outputs from a number of collaborative projects.

Aerial Photos of the Waikato Region

Councils have collectively purchased aerial imagery since 2002, and in 2015 Co-Lab supported the digitisation of historical aerial photos of the region.


Co-Lab has led the acquisition of Waikato’s first ever complete regional LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data set. This provides accurate earth surface data that will be used for 3D maps and models of the region’s landscape.

Waikato Data Portal

In 2019 a group of councils with support from Co-Lab established the Waikato Data Portal.

The portal provides free and open access to council datasets and information in one location.

Waikato OneView

Waikato OneView, is a collaboration between seven councils and Co-Lab to enhance the customer experience. This public platform creates a single, unified view of spatial information. The project was a finalist in the ALGIM GIS project of the year category 2021.