The Waikato regional Aerial Photography Syndicate (WRAPS) was set up in the late 1990s for the supply of rural, colour, digital, ortho-rectified, aerial photography for the Waikato Region. Every five years since 2002, this imagery has been acquired for the entire Waikato Region. Initially, the imagery was acquired for the WRAPS group by the Waikato Regional Council, but since 2017, the imagery has been acquired by WLASS Limited on behalf of the WRAPS partners.
Over the years, the WRAPS partners have included some or all of the WLASS shareholding councils, the Department of Conservation (DoC), the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and the University of Waikato.
The purpose of the WRAPS 2017 project is to capture 100 percent cloud-free, 0.3m, rural aerial photos for the entire area contained within the Waikato Region, including offshore islands and a two kilometre sea buffer along every coastline (approx. 26,000 km2). The project also includes the delivery of urban imagery for some of the WRAPS partners. The rural imagery is being delivered in blocks, as it is completed, starting from September 2017.
WLASS and the WRAPS partners intend to release the imagery and all derived products under ‘Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)’ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), as per the New Zealand Government’s Open Access and Licensing framework.
The LINZ Data Service has the latest rural aerial imagery for the whole of New Zealand available for download. The WRAPS 2012 Waikato 0.5m rural aerial photos (https://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/1872-waikato-05m-rural-aerial-photos-2012-2013/) can be found there. The 2017 Waikato 0.3m rural aerial photos will become available on the LINZ site once the WRAPS 2017 project has been completed.
Screen shot of Waikato rural aerial photos from LDS: