LINZ appoints Surveyor-General

9 July 2019

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Acting Chief Executive Lisa Barrett announced the appointment of Anselm Haanen to the role of Surveyor-General for New Zealand. He previously held the role of Deputy Surveyor-General (since 2006) before being appointed to Acting Surveyor-General in August 2018.

“Mr Haanen’s skills and experience have seen him appointed to a number of important advisory roles relating to geographic information and the cadastral survey system during his career at LINZ,” says Lisa Barrett. “We are delighted that he will continue to share his wealth of expertise with LINZ and our stakeholders across the sector.”

Mr Haanen will continue to serve as Chair of the New Zealand Geographic Board and as a member of the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board. He will also continue to serve as the Surveyor-General on the Representation Commission which determines electoral boundaries for the purposes of the Electoral Act 1993. 

The Office of the Surveyor-General sets standards for the cadastral and geodetic survey systems, and monitors and audits compliance with those standards. Mr Haanen is responsible for overseeing key systems, including the cadastral survey system, as well as fulfilling the statutory functions set out in the Cadastral Survey Act 2002.

Mr Haanen is a licensed cadastral surveyor and holds a Master of Surveying from Otago University.

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