LINZ to cease funding CCANZ

LINZ reviews funding of Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand

Land Information New Zealand’s (LINZ) financial support for Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand (CCANZ) is to change after consideration of changing priorities.

“CCANZ’s work now extends beyond the scope and needs of LINZ’s core stakeholders and, as a result, we’ve made the decision to stop our funding contribution to CCANZ,” says LINZ Chief Executive Peter Mersi.

“However, to help with the transition and to ensure CCANZ can continue their work programme, we will provide funding until the end of 2016.”

CCANZ Advisory Panel Chair, Fabiana Kubke, says: “We thank LINZ and other departments for funding our leadership of Creative Commons licensing across all government sectors and the wider community. We will continue to ensure that New Zealand’s legal issues are accommodated in future iterations of the licences.”

“The numerous examples of innovative re-use of government’s copyright works over the last six years affirms the government’s foresight in adopting the Creative Commons suite of licences in 2010”.

“We look forward to working with LINZ and other government agencies to find new funding to meet the broad remit we fulfil as the Creative Commons New Zealand affiliate.”

Mr Mersi says CCANZ played a valuable role in developing Creative Commons licensing in New Zealand.

“I’d like to thank CCANZ for its work, which has been invaluable to the LINZ-led development of the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework. That framework standardises the licensing of government copyright works for re-use under Creative Commons.”

The updated version of the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework recommends  government uses the Creative Commons 4.0 International licences.


CCANZ Contact: Elizabeth Heritage, Communications Lead: 022 637 0243

LINZ:, 027 566 5251

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