Early bird registrations are now open for the NZIS conference in New Plymouth.Running for three days from 30 October, the conference programme is offering up a varied selection of topics that will be of great interest to anyone involved in the land development, surveying and spatial industries.
Vaughan Maclean, the lead of the organising committee says spring is a great time of year to head to New Plymouth, with snow still on the Mountain but the ocean warming up and the surf pumping. "We'd like to encourage delegates to bring their partners and families to Taranaki for a long weekend away. There are a multitude of activities people will be able to enjoy within a short drive of the city, including cycling and walking the coastal walkway and of course surfing. As well as the social programme, the team are also excited with the speaker line-up they have arranged. Were particularly excited to have Olympic gold medallist and Americas Cup hero Rob Waddell as a key note speaker says Vaughan, hes an inspirational person and has a great story to tell. He certainly fits the conference theme of Beyond the Boundaries."
Another coup for the conference is the proposed Maori Land 2034 session - a visionary look 20 years forward at the status and potential of Maori Land and Iwi Entities. Highlights of this session include Chief Advisor for the Office of Treaty Settlements, Lil Anderson and Dion Tuuta, the CEO of Parininihi Ki Waitotara (PKW) who are Fonterra's largest milk supplier in Taranaki.
As the theme Beyond the Boundaries suggests, the conference will also focus on those disciplines slightly outside the norm, but of gathering importance to the future of the profession.. Special guests Mike Pinkerton, Malcolm Archbold and Mark Nichols will touch on how their careers commenced as traditional land surveyors but have branched into highly specialised areas in Geospatial Science, 3D visualization and Laser Scanning and Building Information Management (BIM). All three speakers hold senior roles in large multi-national organisations.
Another highlight will be the session on Earth Ice, with several presenters discussing the latest in research using surveying and geospatial techniques to analyse our ice planet, including Haupapa/Tasman Glacier, West Antartica, Mt Cook and McMurdo Sound.
To register and for more for more details visit www.nzisconference.org.nz .