GEOINT New Zealand (GNZ) is part of Defence Intelligence within the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Its mission is to provide effective GEOINT leadership, products, services and solutions to meet New Zealand's all-of-government and international requirements to ensure the nation's safety, security and success.
The NZDF defines Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) as the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information about features or activities of defence, security, economic, safety or intelligence interest.
Based at Devonport Naval Base, Auckland and Headquarters NZDF in Wellington, GNZ's largely civilian staff has expertise in a range of GEOINT disciplines including GIS, cartography, remote sensing and imagery analysis.
GEOINT in Defence
Originally established as the RNZN Hydrographic Office, GNZ now serves as the core of the NZDF's geospatial intelligence capability across the three Services. GNZ provides maps, charts, imagery products, data management and expertise to help guide NZDF decision making at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.
From navigation charts and exercise maps to fused intelligence graphics, GNZ works with units across the NZDF to ensure that GEOINT provides an operational advantage and secures the safety of NZDF personnel across the globe.
An All-of-Government Asset
GNZ's mandate includes providing GEOINT support to other New Zealand Government agencies, particularly partners in the security and intelligence sector. For example, GEOINT support plays an important role in helping secure New Zealand's maritime interests by improving planning and prioritisation to make efficient use of NZDF and other agencies' operational resources.
GEOINT support is also valued by Defence, NZ Government and aid agencies when involved in humanitarian and disaster relief operations worldwide. During the 2015 relief effort in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam, GNZ's damage assessment reports helped guide support to where it was needed most.
GNZ works with a range of national and international partners, such as: Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), New Zealand Police, New Zealand Fire Service, the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) and Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO), as well as the UK Defence Geographic Centre (DGC) and the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO).