The aim of this research was to develop an accessibility assessment tool ultimately for use by local authorities in New Zealand. Therefore, a survey of local authorities in New Zealand was carried out to establish the resources they have available (including human, software, hardware and data resources). This would assist in understanding the bounds in which an accessibility tool should be developed to ensure local authorities would have the ability to use or support it.

Abley mailed a resource survey to all 84 regional and local councils in New Zealand in 2008. The survey questions covered human resources, hardware and software capabilities, and the data resources held by each council, with a focus on GIS and transport resources. The survey was completed by 60 of the 84 councils (71%) response rate) and analysis of the survey responses is presented in the following sections. A copy of the resource survey questionnaire is included in appendix B.