Institute of Cadastral Surveying (Inc.) Email:
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Phone: 03 686 9400 Issue 28 – April 2020
This monthly publication is a communication channel from the ICS Committee to the wider ICS Membership, and alerts you to:
•    matters of cadastral importance;
•    the status of ICS projects;
•    cadastral news and events;
•    ICS administrative matters;

Feedback and contributions are welcome, and should be directed to: or
From the desk of ICS President Pat Sole
As we near the halfway stage of the Covid-19 lockdown, it has been good to have the time to talk within our home “bubble” of the changes likely to occur within our society and economy as a result.  We must certainly learn to be much more self-reliant, and it gives the opportunity to re-evaluate what is important (both personally and nationally).

As cadastral surveyors, I believe our job and role is secure in underpinning the cadastre and economic activity at any level and scale.  This is not the case for many.  There always appears to be a residual quantity of cadastral work, no matter what the state of the economy, and there will be flow on cadastral impacts from the promised ramping up of infrastructure projects.

That does not diminish the current lack of ability to undertake or progress many of the aspects of our current workloads.  I am fortunate in that I can continue many of the office aspects of the work I am currently undertaking (and even a little relieved to have a breather). I am reliant on another to do all my Landonline work and that prevents me from progressing this currently.  And obviously there is an inability to undertake new field work and largely obtain ongoing work and new jobs into the future.  

For those reasons I have applied for and received the Government’s wage subsidy as under any scenario, there will be a loss of productivity for a period. However, it is the impacts of sometimes what appear to be minor decisions that can also be disabling.  I note that Landonline requires reinstallation of Digisign for some signing customers but by someone with IT rights – all very well if they are not contracted from outside. And I wonder what will happen with plan examination times and property deadlines, once we emerge from lockdown.  It is hoped that LINZ will be nimble enough to anticipate and cater for these needs in the near future.  

I know that the current lockdown arrangements will have very different consequences for all of you.  Hopefully it will be short, and we can get back to the “new” business as normal as quick as possible – I wish you all well!

Responses or ripostes should be directed to:
Your ICS Executive Committee continue to engage with other groups and work on various advocacy projects on your behalf.   Components of these ‘projects’ often require feedback, comment and contributions from Members.
The ICS projects are progressing, and our recent activities are summarised below, with their status in italics:
  • Good Survey Practice –  project continues; responses still awaited from volunteers (you know who you are!).  ICS Committee to review progress
  • Survey Fees – ICS president participating in Review (refer to the summary below) 
  • Cadastral Survey Rules – draft Rules published; ICS Submission sent; consultation close extended to 24 April
  • STEP (formerly ASaTS) – watching brief continues
  • LINZ Relationship – 2020 meeting still planned
  • ICS Member Skills Matrix – more responses required
  • Example Survey Plans – a new project (population of information on-going)
  • Landonline Terms and Conditions and Privacy Statement – stakeholder feedback provided 27-Mar
Your feedback on these matters is welcomed.  If you have any other cadastral survey issues that you want support with – or want the ICS to escalate – then please contact a Committee Member or the Secretary -
The draft Rules and consultation document were released by LINZ on 11 February.  Last months ‘Express provided the links to the relevant documents and the 25 February webinar explaining the major points.

The ICS convened a “Rules Submission Workshop” at the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch on 14 March 2020.  This day long meeting was attended by 11 members from around the country - Auckland, New Plymouth, Christchurch, Timaru and Dunedin.  

The debate on the proposed Rules identified some areas of consensus – and aspects where there were diverging views.  The opportunity for discussion enabled those present to contribute their professional opinions and promote an argument. Needless to say, not all opinions could be accommodated within the final ICS submission which was emailed to all Members on Monday 23 March 2020.  The submission deliberately presented the consensus view only – views on Rules where some members agreed and some differed were not included.
A link to the submission can be found by clicking here.
Due to the Covid-19 ‘interruption’, LINZ has extended the closing date for submissions to 24 April 2020.  Therefore, if you haven’t done so already – or if you are looking for a professional development type task to fill in your time in isolation -  get busy and submit.

LINZ is currently reviewing the fees and charges for survey and title activities.  The purpose is to ensure that LINZ is recovering costs so that they are able to perform their statutory, regulatory and other core service functions efficiently and effectively. Pat Sole has been the ICS Representative at the Focus Group sessions in Wellington, and his summary report follows:
On 11 February I had the opportunity to attend a stakeholder engagement forum on LINZ’s 3rd party fees review.  This project is to ultimately recommend changes to survey and titles fees regulations. The joint session was for invited survey and title representatives, and there was an open candid discussion with LINZ officials regarding a range of fee issues.  It is positive to see LINZ engaging at this early stage.  

Although the project is yet in its infancy, feedback was welcomed and further fora are planned [albeit in a different format to that which was planned due the Covid-19 pandemic]. I endeavoured to champion ICS’s previous submissions on survey and title fees. Further information will hopefully be able to be reported on once formal consultation commences. 

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) recognises the unprecedented effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on New Zealand.
LINZ are adjusting the way they work to support the Government’s response to COVID-19.  They are working hard to ensure there is minimal disruption and have undertaken to ensure that core business and the provision of their services will continue.  The contact centre hours are unchanged, but there will be some delays getting through to the LINZ team who are working from home.

As many of you may now be working from home and may be experiencing disruption accessing Landonline, LINZ have brought forward the release of our new Landonline Web Search.  This allows you to search and order electronic copies of titles, plans and instruments from any device and location and without restriction. LINZ have removed licensing requirements for Web Search for the time being.
Landonline Web Search is aimed at e-Search licence holders, so may not meet all your needs but will help in some way to continue operating. There is some helpful information on what you can and can’t do using the app prior to logging in. To access the app you need to click on the link:  (save this to your favourites). 

LINZ have removed a potential impediment to companies with employees working on Landonline from home by enabling unlimited licences of the same type that you have already purchased, at no cost. LINZ will revisit this when the self-isolation period is over.

LINZ are now processing digital certificates that have expired or will expire during the COVID-19 Level 4 Alert period.   Their current focus is users who require signing rights at this time.

Citrix Workspace has replaced Citrix Receiver.  An issue on Monday 30 March resulted in users with out of date Citrix software being unable to access Landonline.  Users who receive error messages during log in should upgrade to Citrix Workspace by following the information on the Citrix Receiver download and installation page. 
Please note: Landonline signing users will also need to reinstall Digisign2.

LINZ has developed guidance to assist cadastral surveyors working in greater Christchurch when dealing with boundary conflicts arising from approved interim surveys.
The guidance explains:
•    how boundary conflicts come about
•    the difference between title and non-title boundary conflicts
•    how LINZ can assist by providing information and advice to surveyors and lawyers
•    provision for alterations to titles and compensation
•    considerations relating to subdivision consent.
An accompanying flow chart has also been developed, along with a case study outlining how one boundary conflict has been resolved.  Refer to:
Stuff – Science:  4 Apr 2020
All that remains today is a small museum and a weather station, but the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch once housed a large scientific data collection effort that included devices for measuring gravity, magnetism, cosmic rays, seismicity and other phenomena.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty on 1 December, the NZ Antarctic Society has partnered with LINZ to produce a new wall map of Antarctica which has been sent to every school in NZ this year. The large AO-sized wall map is a huge advance on previous maps of Antarctica.
The production of the new map was backed by a number of supporting partners including Victoria University of Wellington, Otago University, Waikato University, AUT University, NIWA, GNS, NZ Sea Rise, and the Antarctic Report.
The map can be obtained by becoming a member of the NZ Antarctic Society:

Continuing the Antarctic theme - another interesting (and developing) resource for those surveyors with an interest in the Antarctic are the on-line versions of the exhibitions presented by the Canterbury Museum.  Currently the two available are:
Breaking the Ice:  The First Year in Antarctica.
•    Before the world had heard of Scott and Shackleton, another explorer hatched a plan to spend a year in Antarctica. He was Carsten Borchgrevink, and his team proved it was possible for humans to survive the Antarctic winter [Ed. I checked this one out in person a few months ago. It's super and I highly recommend taking a look]
Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack.
•    Meet the canine characters who helped Antarctic heroes like Scott and Shackleton explore the icy continent. From Kid the Courageous to Osman the Great, the dogs who pulled sledges and provided companionship on the great Antarctic expeditions all had tales of their own. 
More will be captured and presented online as the displays are exhibited.
No decision has yet been made on whether the AGM and Technical Workshop will go ahead in Wellington on 29 August 2020, or whether the event will be taken on line. This will be discussed at the next committee meeting - check the next issue of the Express for details, but please save the date.

If there is a topic/speaker you would like to see at the workshop or if you would like to be involved in presenting a workshop session please contact the convenors (Alex Liggett -, Paul Durkin -  
We take a break from the latest “times past” theme which was paying homage to those survey equipment displays within survey offices - we know there are more displays out there ready to be shared so we await with anticipation…
This months is something a little different – and hopefully offers a calming and meditative visual symphony….. and continues the ‘deep south” theme of this months ‘Express.
The following You Tube video of a South Pole Night is simply amazing.  Make sure you view it on the biggest screen you have available for its fullest effect: 

If you want to share your “shrine” – then please send us a snap your display. Or if you have an interesting snapshot of an old – or recent – survey activity that you would like to share, please send it in to along with a comment, explanation, or report.  We’d love to see them.
24-Apr-2020 Rules for Cadastral Survey Consultation – adjusted closing date
18-Jun 2020 Cadastral Law Examination 2020
2-4 Aug 2020 12d International Technical Forum – Brisbane, Australia
Postponed to 2021
29-Aug 2020 ICS AGM and Technical Workshop – Copthorne Hotel, Oriental Bay, Wellington
17-Aug 2020 Professional Examination (October) – Registration closes
12-13 Oct 2020 Professional Examinations (October)
2-4 Nov 2020 S+SNZ Annual Conference - Rotorua
2-4 Nov 2020 Trimble Dimensions User Conference – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
1-Jan 2021 Rules for Cadastral Survey 2020 (target)
“The secret to longevity is to avoid dying”   – Bob Weighton - Britain’s Oldest Man aged 112 (March 2020)
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