DOC’s Director Heritage and Visitors Steve Taylor says there will be multiple benefits and improvements with the new service which was selected following a rigorous government procurement process.
“There will be a new public website providing weather and river flow forecasts to give people visiting national parks and other conservation areas more detailed information on the conditions they will find at place.
“The new service will also support DOC operations by providing near real-time weather information through a customised portal.
“NIWA’s highly accurate and detailed forecasting tailored for specific locations will help ensure visitors and DOC staff have the information they need to plan their activities. The new website will include links through to MetService severe weather watches and warnings,” says Steve Taylor.
The contract was awarded after a competitive tender run through GETS, the Government Electronic Tender Service.
DOC is currently working with stakeholders and training staff ahead of implementing the new service which will be officially launched ahead of going live on 2 March.