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Your Vote matters — What public data do you want opened up? (LINZ survey)

Since our breaking news this month that the New Zealand Government is finally going to officially investigate public weather data being truly opened up from NIWA & MetService’s commercial sales people, we’ve had some fantastic support from various organisations, including Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

This morning their Open Data project on Twitter (@OpenDataNZ) is asking New Zealanders to vote for the most important NZ datasets they would like to see opened up.

Of course, with’s several year campaign to truly open up public weather data, we’d love it if you voted for “Weather Data” – but you’re free to vote for whichever category you think needs the most attention.

Here’s the survey. The more New Zealanders that vote ‘Weather Data’ the more likely it is we’ll see a positive change that will not only guarantee we continue as a free public service, but also improves the accuracy and quality of all forecasts for NZ across all providers.

#HaveYourSay on what public data needs to be opened up:

Click here to cast your vote!


Duncan on 16/06/2016 11:24am

Today in the Dompost we had a weather reading from yesterday for Upper Hutt (temp/rainfall) and the source was NIWA!!, this was the first time i have ever seen it in my lifetime ( was from an automated station in Wallaceville).

Maybe a prelude of things to come…i hope so



Zelda Wynn on 15/06/2016 11:23pm

Lots of already open info already available, but not #Weather

Open up the #Weather


WW Forecast Team on 16/06/2016 5:54am

Not surprising when the CEO of NIWA, under Official Information Act request last week quote “refused” to answer if he, John Morgan, receives bonuses blocking public data to small businesses – as ‘opening up’ weather data would personally hit his pocket.  NIWA, under OIA, did not deny that Mr Morgan already earns 650K a year.

– WW

Diana on 16/06/2016 11:37pm

Oh my goodness, that is shocking !!!

WW Forecast Team on 17/06/2016 7:09pm

Read this story about NIWA’s CEO John Morgan and how much he earns from this Dominion Post story a few years ago: “…making him one of the highest paid public servants on record.”.

(And this was 7 years ago, it’s gone up more since then & so too have NIWA’s rates to ‘astronomical’ levels).



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