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With the changing environment and economic impact caused by COVID-19 we’ve all experienced changes we couldn’t have imagined in our lives over the past two years. With our conference theme, Turning Up The Heat we are now focussing on the future. Rotorua is a great conference location and we will aim to discuss challenges in regional areas, which include climate change and developments outside of Auckland. 


We look forward to presentations related to the broad theme and and your participation.




 1 - 3 AUGUST 2022



Please note delegates will be required to book their own accommodation.  We have arranged special rates with the conference venue, the Novotel Lakeside, Rotorua. To book at this venue please use the link below - in the destination box, please type Rotorua and choose your check-in and check-out dates, click on the special rates arrow, and place code BGCI  in the Promo code box to the right.



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Parliamentary Speaker - TBC

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Pascal Sirguey 

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Chris Walker


Bonisch Consultants. 

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Rhys Davies

Member of LINZ Hydrographic Services Panel - Bio to come. 

Blair Waipara

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Jannat Maqbool

Lane Irwin at 12D

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Gaye Searancke

Gaye is the Chief Executive Officer of Land Information New Zealand. 

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Emily Tidey

Bio to come. 

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Thomas Gibbons

Thomas is a specialist property and RMA lawyer.  His work covers unit titles, subdivision and development projects, infrastructure issues, Public Works, and resource management matters.  Thomas is the author of Unit Titles Law and Practice, and A Practical Guide to the Land Transfer Act. He has published articles and presented papers at conferences in New Zealand and overseas, and has appeared as an expert witness in the High Court on land development issues.  Thomas is also on the board of Survey & Spatial New Zealand. 

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Anselm Haanen

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

Bio to come

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Steven Ramage


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Shane Gorinski



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Hon. Damien O'Connor -Minister

for Land Information

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.


Pascal Sirguey 

Pascal teaches and conducts research in areas of remote sensing, photogrammetry, and spatial analysis. In 2001 he obtained a diploma of multidisciplinary engineering majoring in mechanical engineering and structure dynamics from the École Centrale de Lyon in France. He started his career as a research engineer with a manufacturer of aircraft engines. He then became a chief project manager for a famous watch manufacturer in Switzerland.

In 2005, following a unique one-year experience in New Zealand, where as a research assistant he discovered the science of remote sensing, he decided to reconsider his career and completed a PhD with the School of Surveying at Otago University and joined the School's academic team in early 2008.

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Jan Pierce


Jan joined LINZ as Deputy Chief Executive Location Information in 2009.

Over the past 10 years, Jan has represented New Zealand at many international forums including the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Committee of Experts, International Hydrographic Organisational General Assembly, Geospatial World Forum, Australian and New Zealand Spatial Council, and the Cambridge Conference.

Jan chairs and has participated in many groups across central and local government, including the LINZ Resilience Board, Provincial Growth Fund Elevation data programme, Māori Land Service project, and the Natural Resources Sector Leadership Group.

Jan is the New Zealand lead for the Australia and New Zealand Satellite Based Augmentation System programme in partnership with GeoScience Australia.

Before joining LINZ, Jan spent eight years as a member of the senior leadership team of rural financial services company Farmers Mutual Group. She started her career in the banking sector, followed by several years in the health sector, where she was the Human Resources Manager of a large Crown Health Enterprise.


Carly Flynn

A passionate storyteller and people person, broadcaster Carly Flynn is a renowned and respected journalist, presenter, MC and host. In her 25+ years in the industry Carly has presented Nightline, Sunrise, 3News, 60 Minutes, Target, Newshub Late and Prime News as well as lifestyle TV shows Cook the Books, the Healthy Food Guide and The Cafe.

Most recently for MediaWorks Carly hosted the saturday morning radio show Weekend Life on Magic Talk. A lifestyle show, Weekend Life featured the best of kiwi food, finance, real estate, culture, design, health and wellbeing and celebrity guests.

Carly now joins Today FM’s flagship breakfast show TOVA as the newsreader alongside Tova O’Brien and Mark Dye.

Originally from Taupo, New Zealand, Carly lives on Auckland’s North Shore with husband Dave and their three children Tilly, Jude and Freddie..


Richard Harrison

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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Thomas Gibbons

Thomas is a specialist property and RMA lawyer.  His work covers unit titles, subdivision and development projects, infrastructure issues, Public Works, and resource management matters.  Thomas is the author of Unit Titles Law and Practice, and A Practical Guide to the Land Transfer Act. He has published articles and presented papers at conferences in New Zealand and overseas, and has appeared as an expert witness in the High Court on land development issues.  Thomas is also on the board of Survey & Spatial New Zealand. 


Andres Bedoya

Andres has been working as Regional Sales Manager for 12d Synergy since 2017. He has been integral in driving growth as well as strengthening commercial relationships with existing clients across the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Northland Regions.

Andres has over 10 years of experience in operations management in the software development and AEC industries, along with 20 years in business development and project management. Andres  has BBus(InternatBus), DipBBus, DipBBus(Mgt), and Information Management Practitioner (BIM).

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Stephen Sheppard

Steven Sheppard is a Geospatial Solution Specialist with Trimble Inc. Working within the Asia Pacific and China regional team Steven assists Trimble Distribution Partners in Oceania as a technical sales resource. Fuelled by toasted sandwiches and copious amounts of lollies he completed a Bachelor Degree in Surveying in 2009; before and afterward working in a variety of roles in the survey industry (and generally fuelled by unhealthy amounts of lollies throughout).

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Dr Francesca Marzatico

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 with the aim of enhancing land governance.


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 is Italian. She moved to Aotearoa in 2019. She speaks several languages and she is now learning Te Reo and Tikanga Māori.


Gavin Jeter 

With over 15 years in the geospatial industry, Gavin has experience in data management, geographic information systems (GIS), and digital cartography in the United States and New Zealand.


He has experience as a Survey/CAD/GIS data consultant, as well as in consumer engineering for a telecommunications software company and a Fortune 500 GPS company.

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Tony Alexander

Tony Alexander has worked as an economist in New Zealand since 1987, initially with Westpac, then a share broking firm before almost 26 years with the BNZ as Chief Economist. He went out on his own late in 2019 and spends considerable time writing about the NZ economy with an emphasis on the housing market and explaining key economic developments in layman’s terms. He is a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times and frequently delivers webinars as well as presentations in person.  

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Anselm Haanen


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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Devon Allen

  Devon is a graduate surveyor at Cheal Consultants in Taupo. She works in cadastral and engineering
surveying, as well as planning, and is working towards becoming a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor.
She holds a Bachelor of Surveying with Honours degree from the University of Otago, her dissertation
research investigating restrictive covenants in residential subdivisions. Her research interests include
natural boundaries, adverse possession, and covenants. She is also passionate about urban design and housing issues.

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David Crossman

David is Managing Director IIC Technologies Australasia. He has worked in the Hydrographic and Geospatial disciplines for all of his professional career. For the most part this was within the New Zealand Defence Force culminating in the position of Hydrographer Royal New Zealand Navy and Director Geospatial Intelligence New Zealand. He assumed his current role as Managing Director IIC Technologies Ltd., Australasia 3 years ago.

David has been passionate about hydrography throughout his career and has held positions including Chairman of the NZ Region of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS), and Chair and other roles in other relevant geospatial bodies. David has an ongoing interest in the provision of hydrographic training and raising geospatial capability to the SW Pacific.


Alin John

Alin is a passionate musician who loves to have endless chats about Sustainability, Business, Sports and is a huge advocate of removing the taboo around Mental Health in the construction industry.

He has an experience of working in the construction Industry for the past 11 years after finishing his Engineering(Electrical) and an MBA in Marketing and Sustainability from AUT. During his formative years in Engineering, his research papers were on the topic of “How to Increase the efficiency of the Electrical Grid using automated systems”, which combined with work experience in four different countries allowed him to verify his thesis that “ Automation of repetitive and mundane tasks can help in increased productivity and a Healthier bottom-line along with achieving the goals of becoming more sustainable”

He has worked as an Engineer for a company which provides seismic solution and in his current role at Position Partners he is working with Surveyors and Engineers to optimize systems for Monitoring

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Charlotte Muggeridge 

Charlotte is an Associate at Harkness Henry in the Resource Management team. She has experience in both property and resource management law, including sales and purchases, subdivisions, unit titles, District Plan advice and environment court appeals. She has presented for the Auckland District and New Zealand Law Society on property matters. Charlotte is on the Waikato Plan which is forming a strategic plan for the Waikato region.  She is also a board member of non-for-profits both locally and internationally.


Elaine McAlister

Elaine qualified as a Land Surveyor in the UK , but since coming to NZ (24 years ago) has moved to the dark side (GIS) and established a geospatial consultancy company which provides services to a number of disciplines including; local / central Government, utilities, conservation, transport, statistics and research. Elaine is passionate about the spatial industry, she co-founded the Women in Spatial / Surveying (WIS) networking group in NZ and is currently a S&SNZ board member.

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Melissa Harrington 

Melissa is technical Operations manager at Allterra NZ. She is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor, spending most of her professional career as a surveyor working in post-Earthquake Christchurch for Eliot Sinclair. With a passion for technology and surveying industry, Mel joined Trimble in 2016 as part of a Leadership Development Program, working for three years in the USA in product development and as General Manager of SITECH Hawaii. Mel was also Chair of the Survey and Spatial Young Professionals Group, and Chair of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Young Surveyors Network, receiving multiple Young Professional of the Year Awards within New Zealand and Oceania for her contribution to the profession and technology. Mel recently returned to New Zealand in 2020 and is now the Technical Operations Manager of the three Trimble Technology Distributors in New Zealand; AllTerra, SITECH and BuildingPoint New Zealand.


Dr James Berghan

A former student of the School of Surveying, James joined the staff in 2020 where he researches and teaches planning, urban design and research methods. His doctoral thesis explored the critical success factors in developing urban papakāinga and cohousing communities as part of the Building Better Homes, Towns & Cities National Science Challenge.

He is interested in the interrelationships between people and the built environment, broadly spanning indigenous development, affordable housing, collective housing, hauora, tactical urbanism, streetscapes and active transport.

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Graeme Blick

Graeme Blick obtained his Bachelor of Surveying from Otago University in 1980.  He worked for GNS Science before spending 2 years at the University NAVSTAR Consortium in Boulder Colorado before moving to Toitū Te Whenua (LINZ) in 1995.  He is the Chief Geodesist where he continues to work on a number of projects relating to the development and implementation of the geodetic system in New Zealand and develop a new resilience programme of work for LINZ. 


Luke Johnston

Luke Johnson is a Trimble Access Technical Product Manager and completed a Bachelor of Surveying with honours at the University of Otago in 2017. Luke worked with the Trimble Access team directly out of University, but wanting real world survey industry experience he worked as a Surveyor on a range of cadastral and engineering projects before returning to Trimble in 2020. Luke has been with Trimble for 4 years, in a range of roles spanning the Construction and Geospatial business areas in Development, Support and Technical Sales. Luke's current focus is helping the Trimble Access team develop new features for surveyors, as well as providing education material for customers and dealers.

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Rachel Gabara

Rachel is the Group Manager Hydrography Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand

Rachel began her career in geospatial sciences over 25 years ago. Her career has encompassed roles in surveying, mapping, GIS, strategic and people leadership, business development and stakeholder engagement.

Rachel is currently the Group Manager of the NZ Hydrographic Authority (NZHA) at Toitū Te Whenua, LINZ. Her focus is on growing the value of marine geospatial information and maritime digital transformation to support a sustainable blue economy for New Zealand.

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Murray Young - Kaihautū Digital Delivery

Murray leads Digital Delivery at Toitū Te Whenua LINZ, his focus is ensuring LINZ is a digitally-led, agile organisation who puts customers at the centre of what they do.

Central to his role is overseeing the modernisation of Landonline – the system used for managing New Zealand’s property surveys, titles and transactions.

Prior to Toitū Te Whenua LINZ, Murray held a number of senior leadership roles across the public and private sectors that encompassed operations, change and information.



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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