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  • Added 20 Oct 2016
  • Updated 10 Dec 2018

This is the definitive set of area unit boundaries for 2013 as defined by Statistics New Zealand as at 1 January 2013.
Area units are aggregations of adjacent meshblocks with coterminous boundaries to form a single unbroken surface area (land and/or water). Exceptions to this rule are some area units comprising collections of geographically related inlets and marinas.
In an urban location, an area unit is often a collection of city blocks, while in rural situations area units may be equated to localities or communities. Area units must either define or aggregate to define urban areas, rural centres, statistical areas, territorial authorities, and regional councils.
Each area unit must be a single geographic entity with a unique name. The area unit pattern is revised once every five years in the year immediately before a Census of Population and Dwellings. There may also be changes in other years, in conjunction with local body boundary changes. Statistics New Zealand maintains a concordance file to ensure boundaries relating to earlier area unit patterns can also be generated.


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1. ANZLIC Metadata 2013 Area Units 421 KB pdf


Tagsarea unit, AU, 2013
RegionsNew Zealand
MetadataISO 19115/19139, Dublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 25743
Data type Vector multipolygon
Feature count 2004
Attributes AU2013_V1_00, AU2013_V1_00_NAME, AREA_SQ_KM, LAND_AREA_SQ_KM, Shape_Length
Services Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), Atom Feed


Added20 Oct 2016
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Current revision Imported on Oct. 20, 2016 in NZGD2000 / New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000. 1 geometry modified to be OGC compliant. Changelog.
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