Media Release - Advanced Survey and Title Services (ASaTS) Programme Progress Delayed due to Budget

29 May 2015 - Media Release

NZIS is concerned at the recent announcement that government approval of the business case for the Advanced Survey and Title Services (ASaTS) Programme project has been delayed.

ASaTs will eventually replace Landonline, the technology that currently supports New Zealand’s world leading land title and survey system. It is important for business in New Zealand that this system is not compromised by a lack of new investment. NZIS is disappointed that the decision to progress ASaTs was not included in this year’s government Budget.

Jeff Needham, NZIS President, says Landonline was first implemented in 2000 and is built on a platform that is now a legacy environment. The reality today is that the development cycle for improvements and enhancements is ridiculously long because of the ageing platform. Recent outages suggest the system is now due for a substantial upgrade. Any delay will have significant impact on the business community.

Landonline’s original development was entirely user funded and NZIS believes that can also be the case with ASaTS. Landonline has proven to be a substantial enabler for the NZ economy and underpins the confidence with which real property transactions can be performed and the extent to which spatial information can be relied upon in NZ.

The value of Landonline and spatial information to the Christchurch earthquake recovery cannot be underestimated. Spatial information was estimated to provide $1.2 billion dollars in value in 2008 and Land Information NZ are aiming for 10 fold growth over the next decade. ASaTS is a key enabler of that plan.

NZIS considers the Government’s decision to be short-sighted as it does not take into account the opportunity for innovation and growth in the private sector that would accrue, from a modernised platform, for the management of land and property relationships.

NZIS intends to maintain the pressure on LINZ and the Government to approve ASaTS to ensure that NZ’s property framework is fit for purpose to support emerging technologies and provide better public services.