LINZ Appoints New Surveyor-General

Mark Dyer, a Fellow and Past President of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors has been appointed to the roles of Surveyor-General and Chair of the New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB). The announcement was made yesterday by LINZ CEO, Peter Mersi.

The Office of the Surveyor-General sits within LINZ. It sets standards for the cadastral and geodetic survey systems, and monitors and audits compliance with those standards. The Surveyor-General is also ex-officio Chair of the NZGB.

Mark has been an Institute member since 1994 and has made significant contributions including serving as the President from 2010 - 2011 and was elected as Fellow member of the NZIS in 2013.

He has most recently been the Managing Director and Principal Shareholder of Canmap Hawley Limited, Rotorua. The company has a reputation for innovation and included in its achievements have been its appointment as Official Surveyor and Cartographer for the UCI World Mountain Bike Trials Championship and a recipient of the NZIS Award of Excellence (Silver Level) for the Redwoods Whakarewarewa Recreation Mapping project. Mark is an experienced expert witness in the Environment and Maori Land Courts and the High Court.

Mr Dyer takes over the roles from outgoing Surveyor-General Dr Don Grant who is also a Fellow of the Institute. Dr Grant will take up an Associate Professor role at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

The Institute was invited to take part in the appointment process as a key stakeholder and Jeff Needham, NZIS President is pleased to see the appointment of Mr Dyer to the role and is looking forward to an ongoing, strong and constructive relationship with LINZ.

Marks linkages with the Institute have been very strong over many years and he has made considerable contribution in many areas to the Institute. We are proud to have a senior member appointed to such a pivotal role in the surveying profession.

We congratulate both Mr Dyer and Dr Grant on their respective appointments and wish them every success in their new roles, Mr Needham says.

Mark Dyer