Information on the review of Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010

This section provides up-to-date information on the cadastral survey rules review.

The Surveyor-General, Mark Dyer’s, review of the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 is well underway.  After seeking feedback on the Issues and Opportunities paper and holding a series of workshops with surveyors during September, my team have begun the task of reviewing all the feedback. Mr Dyer would like to thank everyone for their time attending the workshops and preparing feedback. The quality of the submissions was comprehensive and well considered and will be valuable in informing me on proposed changes to the current rules.

The feedback is now being collated. An initial examination indicates that two thirds of the material relates directly to the rules and the other third relates to other elements of the cadastral system such as the Chief Executive validation process, Landonline and guidance on the LINZ web site.

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High level breakdown of feedback

  • Surveyor General Rules 66%
  • Chief Executive Validation 4%
  • Guidance 7%
  • Landonline 15%
  • Other 8%

Mr Dyer also noted that the Issues and Opportunities paper covered most issues raised by surveyors. The bar graph below shows the top 20 areas of feedback on the rules.

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Top 20 feedback topics

Feedback topicsSubmissions
Reinstatement Cadastral Survey Datasets38
Formatting of the Rules37
Non-primary parcel requirements24
3D Cadastre23
Water boundaries20
Vertical Datum15
Need for a Cadastral Survey Dataset Plan15
Irregular boundaries14
Terminology used in the Rules14
Accuracy standards13
Good survey practice12
Flexibility vs. Prescription12
Form of boundary12
Witnessing/Permanent reference mark requirements11
Plan presentation11
Better connection between the Rules and Landonline7
Ground movement6
Units of measurement6

Reference Group       

The Surveyor-General, Mark Dyer has established a Reference Group to review and provide feedback on proposals before sharing with the wider survey community. The Reference Group consists of licensed surveyors Chris Scott, Craig McInnes, Jo Cushen, Lynda Watson, Matt Ryder and Michael Brownie. They will be joined by LINZ licensed surveyors, Karl Wilton from Operations, Lyndon Telfer and Rod Newland from the Office of the Surveyor-General. Where necessary representatives of the Registrar-General of Land, Māori Land Court, Commissioner of Crown Lands, and Department of Conservation will also join the group. 

Mr Dyer says 'there was strong interest in the Reference Group which has allowed us to select a balanced group with a variety of experience from different firms across New Zealand.'

It is anticipated there will be two Reference Group meetings before proposals will be presented to the wider survey community in the third quarter of 2018.

The Terms of Reference for the Reference Group are available for download.

Last Updated: 12 April 2018