Address website starts
When you’re in the middle of an emergency, the difference between Seagar Ave and Sager Rd could be a life or death matter.
The Mt Albert street is one of hundreds throughout the country known by more than one name to locals which makes things difficult for emergency services who may only have the official street and place names to go by.
Terralink International, the company that provides physical address and location data to the emergency services, has launched a new website called myaddress. co.nz.
The website allows Kiwis to check and confirm that the emergency services have the right details on how to find them.
Managing director Mike Donald says the idea for the website emerged following a number of incidents where emergency services couldn’t find an address because they had been given a ‘local’ name for a road or an address instead of its official name.
“In an emergency situation a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death,” he says.
The free website allows users to see the location detail currently held, its physical location on a high-resolution aerial image and then they’re able to confirm or correct their address.
In addition, it allows people to add specific information such as a building or farm name or local names for a suburb.
Any new information users submit through the website will be verified by Terralink’s data verification process before being added to the database that is accessed by the emergency services.
Visit www.myaddress.co.nz to check your address.