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Marking the Journey - Hāpaia

The chosen theme for this year’s conference is titled 'Marking the Journey, Hāpaia’. Our theme relates to the journey of surveying and spatial professionals throughout their career -the journey of a project through to completion, the journey of data from capture to deliverables, and the professional development journey and of course, coming full circle back to the University of Otago School of Surveying which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary.  


The Event
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Hon. Damien O'Connor
Minister of Agriculture, New Zealand


Damien’s background in farming and adventure tourism drives his view that we need well-paid, sustainable jobs and industry growth to improve our future. He is a passionate advocate for rural communities and for a thriving agricultural sector. Damien was first elected to Parliament in 1993 and has served as a Minister in both the fifth and sixth Labour Governments, and spokesperson in Opposition for a variety of roles, including Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Tourism, Immigration and Health.
In the 2020 Labour Government, Damien O’Connor was appointed Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity, Minister for Land Information, and Minister for Rural Communities.


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Anselm Haanen
Surveyor General, Toitū Te Whenua LINZ


Anselm is the Surveyor-General at Land Information NZ. He holds a Master of Surveying degree from the University of Otago and has worked in various technical capacities since joining the Department of Lands and Survey in 1978. He has been heavily involved in the development of Landonline and helped develop the Cadastre 2034 strategy.

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Declan Stubbing
CEO Discovery Marine Ltd


Declan is the CEO of Discovery Marine Ltd and has extensive experience working with hydrographic data in Port and coastal environments. He graduated with a BSurv and completed the CAT-A Hydrographic Course at Otago University in 2004. He is part of the S+SNZ HPS leadership team, holds specialist Level-1 certification with the AHSCP and is an advocate for professional certification within the hydrographic industry.

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Sam Williams

Survey Manager, Link Alliance



Sam is the Survey Manager for the Link Alliance with a National Diploma in Land Surveying. He is also a Certified Professional Engineering Surveyor (Assessor) and Certified Mine Surveyor (NZ).


Sam has 24 years experience working in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Pacific Islands, including 18 years working on large scale infrastructure projects.


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Jennifer Coppola

Cartographer and tide data specialist, 
Toitū Te Whenua LINZ


Jennifer Coppola has been working in the hydro team at Toitū Te Whenua LINZ for the past 12 years as a cartographer and tide data specialist.  Her involvement in the JLAS project flows from her desire to make vertical datum transfers more accessible, and she sees the benefits to other users in supporting projects across the NZ coastal environment. 

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Riki Cambridge

Senior Surveyor, Inovo


Riki is a senior surveyor at Inovo in the Christchurch office. He started working as a graduate in Christchurch in 2012 and has enjoyed all the challenges that come with rebuilding a first world city. He has been licensed for 5 years now. During a few stints traveling around the world, Riki has gained a passion for how the way we live shapes the strength of our communities.

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Duncan Laing

Resource Management Lawyer, Simpson Grierson


Duncan Laing is experienced resource management lawyer having more than 45 years’ experience under the former Town and Country Planning Acts and the RMA. He was primarily responsible for the redrafting of the subdivision parts of the RMA before their enactment.

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Luke Johnson

Technical Product Manager, Trimble


Luke Johnson is a Technical Product Manager for the Trimble Access field software. After completing a Bachelor of Surveying (Hons) in 2017 at the University of Otago in NZ Luke worked with the Trimble Access team in 2018 but wanting real world survey industry experience, he worked as a surveyor on a range of cadastral and engineering projects for a year before returning to Trimble in 2020. Luke has been with Trimble for 4 years in a range of roles spanning Development, Support and Technical Sales. Luke's current focus is helping the Trimble Access team develop new features and providing education material for customers and dealers.

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Andy Burrell

Airborne Systems Manager, Landpro

Andy has an endless passion for all geospatial technology and has been in the surveying industry now for 15 years.

Specialising in terrestrial, mobile and airborne laser scanning, automated deformation monitoring systems and the early rise of drones for photogrammetry, Andy has been involved with cutting edge geospatial technology for many years, across a wide number of applications. After 10 years in a sales role, specialising in systems from reputable manufactures such as Leica Geosystems, Riegl and Renishaw, Andy moved from Australia back to New Zealand to sell for a local supplier.


He now looks after the great team on the aerial side of the Landpro business. Client relations, pricing, processing problem solving along with the exciting R & D side of the business make up the majority of what Andy does at Landpro.

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Richard Harrison
Geomatics Sales Specialist, Global Survey


Richard is a surveyor with over 30 years’ varied experience in the field, as well as in technical support, training, management, sales and consultancy roles.  He has worked in UK, Africa, Middle East, SE Asia, as well as 25 years in New Zealand.  He is fortunate that all his roles involved the use or application of leading-edge survey technologies, which has been exciting and rewarding.  Richard Harrison is the South Island Geomatics Sales Specialist for Global Survey.

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Darryl Wymer

Tunnel Survey Manager, Link Alliance



Darrell is Tunnel Survey Manager for the Link Alliance. He has a National Diploma in Land Surveying and is a Certified Professional Engineering Surveyor (Assessor).  Darrell has been Surveying since 1988, with a majority of his time in construction and infrastructure. 

Darrell spent 7 years working in the UK and 2 years in Australia on Oil and Gas.  The rest of his working career has been in New Zealand mainly on motorway projects, large earthworks jobs and post-earthquake Christchurch rebuild.

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Annette Wilkinson 

Hydrographic Surveyor, Toitū Te Whenua


Annette Wilkinson has been a Hydrographic Surveyor at Toitū Te Whenua since 2015. After she graduated with a Master of Hydrography in Hamburg, Germany, she moved to New Zealand. With an interest in cartography and hydrography the MHWS coastline draws the line between the two.

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Bruce McFadgen



From 1961 to 1968, Bruce was employed by the Lands and Survey Department in Wellington. He completed his DipSurv in 1965, and qualified as a Surveyor in 1968. Bruce then resigned from Lands and Survey and followed a career in archaeology, working in Wellington, at NZ Historic Places Trust and then Department of Conservation.


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Luke Keats

Survey Lead, Aurecon



Luke is the Lead Surveyor based in the Aurecon Christchurch office with over 10 years’ experience working in the post-quake Canterbury environment. Luke currently leads a team of 10 surveyors, servicing client projects across the country. He has extensive experience in a range of site capture techniques and data management of large geospatial datasets.

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Robert Odolinski

Senior Lecturer, School of Surveying - University of Otago

Robert conducts research in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs). Robert joined University of Otago and the School of Surveying in 2015, where he won an Otago Early Career Award for ‘Distinction in Research’ in 2018 and a 'Per Enge Early Achievement Award' by the US Institute of Navigation in 2020 for his research achievements to date. Robert is currently also a 'Visiting Researcher' with Google.


Graham Watson

Technical Lead - High speed data,  Roadscience

Graham trained as a surveyor in the British Army. His first contact with GPS was in the Oman 1985.


Graham worked in the UK on heritage building surveys using tape, theodolite, pencil and paper. In 1993 he spent  6 months on the Clyde dam doing hydro surveys.

From 1993 -2019 Graham worked at Christchurch City Council then Opus/WSP developing an interest in laser scanning.

His latest role is Technical Lead with Roadscience running the Pegasus 2 Ultimate mobile laser scanner.

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Bruce Robinson
Director Global Survey &
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Passionate about the practical application of survey technology, challenging traditional thinking while still delivering quality outcomes.

Bruce has 30+ years of experience in survey industry including being licensed as a cadastral surveyor in both NZ and South Africa.

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Bradley Cooper
 S+SNZ Hydrography Stream



Brad Cooper is a Senior Hydrographic Surveyor with Toitu te Whenua/Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).  Brad is a University of Otago BSurv graduate who spent the first part of his career working offshore in Australia.  At LINZ Brad assists with the management of the LINZ hydrographic survey programme and validates data before it goes on to charts.

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Dr. Yong Chien Zheng

Lecturer of Surveying, University of Otago


Yong's research focuses on Earth's plate tectonic motions and crustal deformation using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

Yong started his scholarly career at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2020, and he recently joined the School of Surveying at the University of Otago in 2022.

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Mike Pinkerton

Technical Director, Geospatial Team, Aurecon



Mike was S+SNZ’s Positional & Measurement Professional Excellence Award winner and Professional of the Year at the Spatial Excellence awards in 2022.  Spanning several continents his 25 year career has been built upon the early adoption of spatial technology and processes, and is passionate about applying these in real world situations for the benefit of his clients projects.  As a Technical Director in the Geospatial team at Aurecon he is a trusted advisor on some of the largest infrastructure projects across Australasia.


Dr. Pascal Sirguey

Associate Professor, School of Surveying - University of Otago


Dr Pascal Sirguey teaches and conducts research in remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial analysis. Pascal received a NZSEA award for the resurvey of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Charles Fleming Senior Scientist Award for his research on snow and glaciers. He led the LiDARRAS project that surveyed tunnels dug by New Zealand soldiers in France during WWI, and currently leads the Matariki Project that uses satellite photogrammetric mapping to map and monitor changes to New Zealand’s dynamic landscape.

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Dr Francesca Marzatico

Lecturer, School of Surveying - University of Otago

Francesca has recently joined the University of Otago as Land Tenure and Land Administration lecturer, after more than 20 years spent working in post-conflict and countries in transition on human rights, natural resources governance, indigenous people’s land rights and traditional governance. She has worked for several United Nations (UN) agencies (UNFAO, UNDP, UNHABITAT, IOM), multilateral development banks (ADB and WB) and non-governmental organisations, in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, providing technical advice to governments and international organisations on policy-making, legislative development, planning and project formulation.

Francesca obtained her Laurea (LLM) in Law in 2000 and her PhD in Philosophy of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in 2004 from the University of Naples “Federico II”.  Francesca moved to Aotearoa in 2019. She speaks several languages and she is now learning Te Reo and Tikanga Māori.

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Laren Collen

Surveying & Engineering Industry Lead (ANZ), Hexagon Geosystems


Laren Collen is a surveyor with 15 years of experience across engineering and mining industries in Australia and Africa. He is currently serving as the Survey Industry Lead ANZ for Hexagon Geosystems. With a deep-rooted passion for technology, surveying and developing the next generation of surveyors, Laren brings knowledge and expertise to drive innovation and empower professionals in the geospatial field across Australia and New Zealand.


Survey and Spatial New Zealand, Tatai Whenua helps to connect people requiring a survey or spatial professional with our members.

We promote growth, innovation and excellence in all facets of the surveying and spatial sector in New Zealand.

Our mission is to lead and foster a vibrant sector that allows the surveying and spatial profession to grow and positively influence our communities.

We have been the national body representing members in New Zealand since1888 and today, we are still an incorporated society dedicated to preserving and developing the integrity and status of the sector.

Our members work in land development and urban design, resource management, civil engineering surveying, positioning and measurement, cadastral surveying, hydrographic surveying and the GIS and spatial sector.

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Thanks to the generous support of our partners, we are able to fund our biggest CPD event of the year!


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