Have Your Say: Open access to weather data

Submissions closed at
5pm on Tuesday, 8 November 2016


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has arranged for a report to be produced, which will determine if there is a level of government held weather data which should be opened up for public access (over and above data already available) to better stimulate innovation and promote economic growth. The report will look at data availability, cost, use and potential, and how this works in relation to New Zealand’s open government data principles.

“Weather data” is defined to mean observations of the state of the atmosphere from either in-situ or remote sensing systems (e.g. ground-based weather stations, weather balloons, weather surveillance radar, satellites etc.). Within the environmental services sector, observations make up the most basic data from which value-add services, such as weather forecasts or climatological products, are derived.

We are seeking public submissions to help inform the report. In particular we want to learn about your thoughts on:

  • current arrangements for access to weather data
  • the future state of weather data availability in New Zealand
  • the potential for innovations from access to weather data that is not currently available.

Information from submissions will be analysed and included in the report.