Institute of Cadastral Surveying (Inc.) Email:
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Phone: 03 686 9400 Issue 36 – December 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
The ICS Executive team - Pat, Brent, Alex, Mark, Ian, Paul, and Stephen wish you, your families and colleagues all the very best for this Holiday Season.
We hope that everyone will be able to take some to “recharge the batteries” after this interesting and challenging year, and that the New Year brings the survey industry some stability and certainty with regard to workflow, the survey rules, Landonline, STEP and developing technology.
From the desk of ICS President Pat Sole
The evaluation of “Broader Outcomes” in the Government procurement process was introduced in 2018. This requires the procurement process to account for wider social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes that go beyond the immediate purchase of goods and services.  When tendering for Government work, these broader outcomes must be addressed by submitters, and their responses are evaluated with increasing weight given to these non-technical components within the tender award process.

I have no concern that - in principle - many of these outcomes are noble ones.  Improved health and safety, increased access to NZ businesses, cultural and gender diversity, improved conditions for NZ workers, increasing skills and training, and reducing emissions and waste are all things which the community benefits from.

However, for many small and medium sized firms, demonstration of adherence to, or compliance with, these outcomes is not only difficult but sometimes near impossible.  When the weighting given to the ability to perform the actual service or technical task is diminished, the subsequent award of tenders to competent operators may be similarly diminished.  Indeed, such compliance may only be seen to be achieved by larger companies with their increased fee and cost structures, and by sheer scale, an easier ability to be able to “tick the boxes”.  In trying to address some recognised inequities, are we creating considerable additional inequality or unfairness where small local companies cannot readily compete for work?  And are the public really getting good value for money by such a procurement process?

Wishing you all a great festive season, some relaxing time with friends and family and a diverse and prosperous New Year.

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 –  final update of “high-level” summary document – version 3.0 being vetted by Committee
  • Good Survey Practice –  “detail document” project continues; responses from submissions received are being compiled into a first rough draft - 30% complete.
  • Survey Fees – ICS President participating in Review (meetings on hold)
  • Cadastral Survey Rules – Decision Report released by SG last month    
  • STEP (formerly ASaTS) – watching brief continues (see fresh update below)
  • LINZ Relationship – Next meeting to be scheduled – early 2021?
  • S+SNZ – Memorandum of Understanding being drafted
  • ICS Member Skills Matrix – more responses still required
  • Example Survey Plans – compilation of examples underway – watch this space!
  • QA Checklist Template – a new project with CSNZ and S+SNZ - slow going progress
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 -
Last month’s ICS Express noted the ballooning processing times that are being experienced by the industry. The contributing factors are as varied as the dataset types being submitted – but boils down to demand and supply:– demand being the sheer large volume of datasets in the system (historical and new); and supply being the limited resources that the LINZ Processing Centres can and are applying to the bulge.

Although the holiday break may result in the clearing some of the volume from the stack, it will not be guaranteed that the processing times will return to “normal” (=10-15 days) any time soon.  Practitioners will need to maintain their patience and utilise the ‘fast-track’ and/or ‘urgency’ options only when necessary in order to have their datasets processed and approved in a reduced timeframe. However, note also the message regarding urgency requests on the Landonline home page: 
Urgency requests that fall outside of 10 working days will be managed on a case by case basis. This is dependent on the evidence provided to support the request and our current workloads, and not all urgency requests are accepted.

LINZ have introduced a split reporting metric recently where “routine” datasets processing time is reported separately from “complex” datasets.  The summary graph below for Survey Datasets reports the shortest (routine) and longest (complex) processing working days:
The Surveyor-General released the Decision Report following the Stage 3 consultation on the draft Rules on 23 October 2020 – as noted in last month’s ICS Express. If you missed it, the Report can be found at:

The ICS has not yet had any feedback from Members regarding the details within the Decision Report.  If you do have any specific comments or issues, and wish to share these with the ICS Legislation Sub-committee, then please direct these to the Secretary. (
Although there appears to be no room for further changes to the Rules as proposed, the ICS Executive team would be able to discuss any concerns and criticisms with the S-G at our next relationship meeting.

STEP (Survey and Title Enhancement Programme). In November ICS Treasurer Alex Liggett was invited to join the STEP Cadastral Survey Working Group, a panel of practitioners convened by S+SNZ to act as stakeholder representatives providing feedback to LINZ during the development of STEP. Alex reports as follows: 
"I joined the group (who have been meeting for a couple of years) just in time to travel to Wellington in mid-November, meet some of the developers working on the survey system and to try out the new user interface (importing a 12d .XML into the new software and viewing it). The appearance and speed of the new interface is amazing. There's a long way to go in regards to functionality but the early signs are very encouraging. I would also urge anyone who hasn't yet used the new online search tool to give it a go (click here to try it) and report back, particularly if you have any issues with it."

Please get in touch with Alex ( with questions or feedback.

The Surveyor-General is developing a Standard that can be used to define the location of utility assets. 
LINZ are inviting individuals and organisations involved in asset management and survey to take a look at the draft Standard and provide feedback.
Find more information here:

Our initial questions are “Why are LINZ getting involved in setting standards for utility asset data capture?” and “How will this standard be enforced?”. However, in the light of surveyors being “positioning professionals”, some ICS Members may be involved in this field and so will be able to add value to the development of a standard by contributing comments and opinions.  Feedback is due by 24-February-2021.  
Members who are interested in this field are encouraged to take some time to review the Draft Standard, and provide submissions directly to, and/or to the Secretary ( in order for the ICS to present a group submission.

The November 2020 issue of the LDS Update had some reports on components of the service that may be of interest to users of the service. (A growing – and free – source of valuable land information data).
Included within the update was information about:
  • NZ high definition aerial imagery basemap (resolutions of 5cm in urban areas and 10m (satellite) over mainland NZ and offshore islands)
  • Property Data Management Framework (PDMF) discussion document – a model for connecting property data
  • Improving the spatial accuracy of property boundary data – reporting the ability to investigate and improve the spatial accuracy (linework vs imagery overlays) especially on rural areas
  • Extending the historical imagery scanning project to include NZ Aerial Mapping films from the Crown Archive (515,000 photo negatives already scanned).  See also to see the current archive.
Stuff – National:  30-Nov-2020
Residents near a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) firing range say the army and local council could be complicit in devaluing house prices and “damaging the West Melton brand'’.
More than 70 property owners objected to a “no complaints covenant” last year after the army proposed a noise control boundary around the area’s firing range.
Under the proposal any new development or subdivision within the boundary would be subject to a covenant preventing property owners complaining about noise.
[Ed: Seems legit - after all, there has only been a rifle range there for 120 years, and we wouldn't want it damaging the brand would we?]

Stuff – Lifestyle:  30-Nov-2020
A developer has been ordered to fix a former classroom that is blocking the sun from a neighbouring pensioner's house.
Diagnosed with cancer and expected to have fewer than two years left to live, Terry Grooby, 84, wanted to enjoy that limited time in his Motueka home of 50 years but says the “monstrosity of a building” on the other side of the fence is blocking most of his sun. It is also causing him to lose sleep.
Tasman District Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King said a notice to fix had been issued over the former classroom – one of two buildings on the subdivided Courtney St section – as it did not have a building consent prior to being delivered.

Stuff – Environment:  7-Dec-2020
A Karamea resident has cleared a significant area of indigenous forest to make way for a private airstrip, prompting an investigation by authorities.
Jack Simpson, whose 16-hectare block borders the Kahurangi National Park, has come under fire for clearing native bush and pushing topsoil into the National Park.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) found Simpson had done nothing wrong. The Buller District Council is investigating whether the clearance breached its rules.
We take this opportunity to again congratulate Liam Bragan as the recipient of the ICS Award for 2019 – known as the Chris Hoogsteden Memorial Prize.  
This award is for the best SURV457 project (Cadastral Surveying 3 – an in-depth cadastral project and full dataset) as part of the previous final years study at Otago University School of Surveying. 
The ICS Prize includes a monetary payment of $300; 5-years membership of the ICS; and a copy of the Cadastral Index along with a 3-year licence.  The total prize package is valued at over $2,000. 
The award ceremony was postponed from earlier this year (due to Covid-19 restrictions), but will now be held as part of the graduation afternoon tea on 19th December 2020.
Congratulations again Liam – we wish all the very best for your future cadastral surveying career!

Just a note for Cadastral Index users ( regarding an update. There has been a minor update to the application that adds in the plan reference to the top left of the viewable image, so that having multiple plans open enables you to quickly identify and select the overlapping images. The new version is 20.12.1, and your current version can be easily updated by simply clicking on the purple box prompt at the top left of the application when it opens. 

This enhancement followed a suggestion by a user and was quickly endorsed and implemented by M-Tech – the Cadastral Index developers.  If you have other suggestions for enhancements, let the Secretary know and we will pass them on!

Our planning for the 2021 AGM and Technical Workshop has commenced.
The 2021 conveners are putting together a programme that will be informative, interesting, and entertaining for all attendees.  Once a venue is identified, we will be release the location and initial details so members can take advantage of early booking discounts.  Watch this space!

If you have some ideas for topics or speakers – then please pass these onto the Secretary ( )  
In a continuation of our current theme, we highlight and reproduce brief biographical details of New Zealand Surveyors who have served the cadastral profession with esteem and whom deserve to be remembered occasionally for their overall contribution to the profession.
This month’s “old Surveyor” is one FREDERIC ALONZO CARRINGTON (1807-1901) 

Portrait of Frederic Alonzo Carrington ( /)
Frederic Carrington was born in Chelmsford, Essex and trained as a Civil Engineer, joining the Ordnance Survey Department in 1826.  
In June 1840 he was appointed by the Directors of the Plymouth Company to be the Chief Surveyor of the Company, and was sent to New Zealand with instructions to select a suitable site for their proposed settlement.  He arrived in Wellington with his family in December 1840, and with the assistance of Colonel Wakefield* explored various parts of the coast available including the Marlborough Sounds and West Coast of the North Island.  

In February 1841 accompanied by his brother, Augustus Octavius Croker Carrington, as Chief Assistant, he went to Taranaki.  The country was then covered with high fern and forest with a dense undergrowth that made it difficult to select the site for a township.  After visiting Waitara to judge of its capabilities as a port, Carrington finally fixed on the present site of New Plymouth. He returned to England in 1843 to present his plans for the Township to the Company which were approved, but shortly after the New Zealand Company (which had absorbed the Plymouth Company) fell into financial difficulties and so ceased their functions for a time.  He subsequently retired from their service and spent the next period from 1844 to 1851 engaged in the formation of railways in England. 

Frederic retained his interest in NZ, and spent much time and attention to general New Zealand affairs.  For the Great Exhibition of 1851, he prepared exhibits of the Taranaki ironsands and endeavoured to create an interest with the authorities with their exploitation, and also to promote other schemes involving the burgeoning province. He returned to Taranaki in 1857 where he hoped to promote an iron industry and to construct improved port facilities.  In 1862 he became Government Engineering Surveyor for Taranaki and, in the years following, cooperated with the military authorities to establish an adequate system of roads in the province.  After the Maori Wars ended in 1870, he entered local politics, and in 1869 was elected Superintendent of Taranaki – a post which he retained until the abolition of the provincial system in 1876. He was a member of Parliament in 1870 to 1879, and a Member of the Harbour Board – laying the first stone for the main breakwater at the new Port. Carrington died in New Plymouth in 1901 aged 94.

Because of his long connection with the province and, particularly, because he selected and laid out New Plymouth, Frederic Alonzo Carrington may justly be called “the Father of Taranaki”.

* William Wakefield: One of the earliest European settlers at Port Nicholson (Wellington), where he served as the New Zealand Company’s Principal Agent between 1840 and 1848
Statue of Frederic Carrington, at Robe Street Lawn, New Plymouth – Image by Pakaraki, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
•    Wikipedia
•    The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966 
•    The Pioneer Land Surveyors of NZ – Part IV Biographical Notes (2005 – NZIS – Compiled by Derek Brown)

If you want to suggest a particular Surveyor that deserves remembering through this forum then please send your suggestion (and any details you may have) to
17-18 February 2021 National Freshwater Conference – Te Wharewaka O Poneke, Wellington
22-23 February 2021 Urban Futures – AUT Events Centre, Auckland
June 2021 Rules for Cadastral Survey 2020 Enacted (target date)
1-3 August 2021 12d Technical Forum – Brisbane, Australia
August 2021 ICS AGM and Technical Workshop – Location to be confirmed
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