Record numbers for Surveying and Spatial NZ conference

By on 8 May, 2019

A session at the NZIS Conference 2017. Image by Hawke’s Bay Photographer John Miles Photography.

The organisers of Surveying and Spatial New Zealand conference are reporting a record number of delegates ahead of the event in Auckland on May 9.

Rebecca Strang, president of Surveying and Spatial New Zealand (S+SNZ), New Zealand’s peak industry body for surveying and the spatial sciences, is excited to welcome over 350 attendees to their annual conference tomorrow.

“I am absolutely delighted with the level of interest. The conference gets better and better each year and with a theme of Shaping Tomorrow’s Communities, the programme is very future-focussed ensuring delegates maintain their currency of knowledge and are positioned well for the future, which is critical in our rapidly evolving environment,” she said.

Rebecca Strang, S+SNZ president.

Ms Strang said that the value of spatial information in shaping tomorrow’s communities cannot be underestimated.

Spatial professionals inform better decision-making for communities, managing the feasibility investigations and concept plan development of urban communities, often facilitating the planning and resource consent processes, all the way through to managing the subdivision construction process.

“We are the sector’s peak professional organisation in New Zealand and the conference being in Auckland makes it particularly relevant as the city addresses the housing crisis,” she said.

“We are a stakeholder across a wide range of government policy areas and the sector including housing development, land subdivision, construction, infrastructure, spatial information and technology, and resource management.”

The conference will be opened by National MP and spokesperson for Building and Construction, Andrew Bayly at the Cordis Hotel on May 9.

A dedicated spatial day featuring a keynote from Google’s Ed Parsons will take place on Friday, May 10, and the conference will also feature a dynamic half-day session for high school students showcasing career options and the type of projects surveyors and spatial professionals undertake.

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