This dataset is the definitive set of area unit boundaries for 2012 as defined by Statistics New Zealand and clipped to the New Zealand coastline.
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. Area units are on administrative areas intermediate in size between meshblocks and territorial authorities. In an urban situation area units are 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.
ANZLIC Metadata 2012 Area Units
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