The Future of SIBA

SIBA New Zealand is now in its tenth year since its establishment in 2009.  It has been a tremendous ten years amidst the tech industries' convergence, emergence and disruptions. The spatial industry's focus has also shifted from the technologies to providing integrated solutions, data intelligence, adding value, and now the focus is on enhancing overall user experience.

Mainstream ICT providers are increasing partnering with spatial experts (and vice versa) as spatial is invariably a part of the overall solution or can enhance user experience. Spatial professionals and companies are also developing wider ICT skill set themselves, e.g. data scientists. With the convergence of the wider ICT industries and the expanded potential areas for spatial technology to tap into, SIBA is in a strong position to capitalise on the evolving industry landscape.

SIBA has a steady membership base. It is obvious that the industry wants to keep a distinctive identity and sees the need of a business association to strengthen and promote the benefits of spatial. However to grow SIBA it needs more efficient and effective resources and the current operating model has to change.
In 2016/2017 SIBA has started discussion with both the then NZIS and NZTech to explore opportunities of alliances or partnerships for mutual benefits. NZTech joined SIBA as a corporate affiliate and SIBA became a community member of NZTech in 2017. This recognises and consolidates the integrated directions of the wider industries.
It is now the time to review SIBA's future direction, operating model, and examine options to capitalise on growth of the markets and to realise its mission and vision. Come join us at the AGM on 26 September to explore and discuss the exciting opportunities of SIBA re-establishing itself as a distinctive community within NZTech.

You can find out more about our plans by reading the documents below:




Grow Spatial


  • Ensure the presence of Spatial Industry in media, events and publications.
  • Solid grasp of the current Spatial Industries Landscape, identify new growth sectors and enhance
  • collaborations with industry partners.
  • Engage in nationally significant projects.
  • Research and position Spatial Technology amongst emerging technologies.


  • Recognise and promote achievements – New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards
  • Connecting industry peers.
  • Develop influential and mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners.


  • Represent the Spatial Industry’s interests on targeted government bodies and forum.
  • Advocate for the Spatial Industry with the relevant industry bodies.
  • Provide advice and influence debates on relevant government policies.



  • Deliver on member benefits through the work programme for the 5 focus areas.
  • Expand membership categories.
  • Develop skills and capacity for the industry.
  • Address difficult issues.


  • Deliver market intelligence.
  • Organise events for effective networking.
  • Communicate relevant and significant government policies and industry developments.


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