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Between losing his legs at 23 years old due to frostbite and then going on to be the first double amputee to have stood on the roof of the world, the summit of Mount Everest, Mark has carved out careers as a scientist, a world recognised winemaker, business creator and innovator, paralympic athlete (NZ’s 1st paralympic cycling medal, a silver at Sydney 2000), Himalayan mountain and trekking guide, philanthropist and a leading International Motivator. Who else can truly define the often used saying, “Attitude determines your Altitude”

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Paul Newton grew up in Nelson, graduated from Otago Survey School in the 1980s and began his survey career working for the Lands and Survey in Napier. After obtaining his Registration he embarked on the classic kiwi OE and worked as a site surveyor on several construction sites in Europe and the UK. Newton Survey has been part of the significant growth in the Nelson Tasman region over the last 25 years. Paul has also been an active member of Survey and Spatial NZ at branch and National level including being Chair of Consulting Surveyors NZ.

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Daniel, the New Zealand and Pacific Survey Manager for McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd, has over 30 years of survey experience across New Zealand and Switzerland. With a passion for engineering surveying, Daniel has spent the last 13 years in the construction industry.

Daniel’s expertise includes land transfer, unit title, engineering, monitoring, and topographical surveys. In recent years, he has obtained a Part 101 Remote Pilot Certificate and completed multiple scanning projects.

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Brad is a Senior Geospatial Specialist/Hydrographic Surveyor at Toitū te Whenua/Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).  In his role at LINZ he has assisted with the management of the HYPLAN hydrographic survey programme, managing contracts and validating data as it makes its way onto the charts.  More recently appying those skills and experience to the 3D Coastal Mapping Programme.  


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Izzie Ravn, a GIS Analyst at Landpro in Cromwell, specialises in delivering spatial analysis and mapping solutions across the planning, surveying, and farm environmental sectors. With just shy of two years’ experience, Izzie enjoys tackling geospatial challenges with an analytical mindset. Her experience spans earth science, remote sensing, and cartography, with an eye for design, and efficiency through automation.

Having discovered Geographic Information Systems (GIS) during her studies at the University of Otago, where she majored in geography, Izzie's professional commitment to environmental stewardship mirrors her personal interests.



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Elaine McAlister is a self-employed geospatial consultant. She has 25 years’ experience in a number of Government agencies and private industry.  Elaine co-founded the Women in Spatial group in 2011and is currently a S&SNZ board member. She is a keen advocate for the geospatial industry.  



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Paul has been an academic staff member at the School of Surveying, Otago University since 1995. He teaches papers in Survey Methods and Survey Mathematics. His primary interest is GNSS positioning and geodetic data analysis with a focus on active deformation.  Paul is involved with a number of projects that are designed to study and understand the broad scale deformation of the Australian-Pacific plate boundary as well as focusing on specific problems:  Central Otago and Cascade deformation, Southern Alps uplift and sea level rise.



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Charlie Latchford

Whilst working at 12d NZ Ltd, Charlie Latchford has spearheaded creating and implementing the 12d Three Water’s workflow from the field to the council GIS system, for the Code of Practice and Wellington Water. He has also undertaken the proof of concept for the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS).

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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.




Francesca joined the University of Otago in November 2021 as a 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 planning,  policy-making and legislative development to enhance land governance and participation of indigenous people to the decision-making. 

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Mehrdad Rafiepourgatabi, known as Mike Rag, is a dedicated Surveyor at Waste Management NZ, holds a Ph.D. in Air Pollution Modeling and a Master's in GIS Engineering (Air Pollution Modeling), alongside a Bachelor's in Surveying. With Associate Membership in Survey Spatial NZ, Mike brings a wealth of expertise to the field. Proficient in drone surveying, gas inspection using drones, and spatial data analysis with ArcGIS, 12d, Autocad, and QGIS, his contributions to waste management optimization are invaluable. Mike's passion for innovation and environmental stewardship makes him a standout presenter at the conference.

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Ogbaje is a part-time PhD student at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. His work focuses on automatic flood detection using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. He combines multitemporal Sentinel-1 intensity and interferometric coherence with Convolutional Neural Network (CNN)-based deep learning techniques to improve food mapping accuracy in built-up and open areas. Ogbaje works for Land Surveys Pty in Brisbane, Australia, as a Senior Surveyor.  

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Joshua (Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa) is a Bachelor of Surveying (Bsurv) student at the University of Otago. In 2023 -2024 Josh was awarded the Te Ngaru Paewhenua summer scholarship at the University of Otago. He is looking to graduate in 2024 to embark in the survey and spatial profession.  



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