2nd International Conference on GeoComputation

NEW ZEALAND LAND TENURE BEYOND 2000: Full Integration and Automation of the New Zealand Survey and Title Systems

Don Grant, Tadeusz Dawidowski & Ralph Winmill

Land Information New Zealand
PO Box 5501
New Zealand

Presented at the second annual conference of GeoComputation 97 & SIRC 97, University of Otago, New Zealand, 26-29 August 1997


Abstract Land Information New Zealand has been charged with the development of a strategy for the integrated automation of the survey and title systems. This is a new programme with new management structure and new objectives. The preliminary phase to determine user requirements has been granted funding approval by Cabinet. Following comple-tion of this phase, approval for the rest of the programme will be sought.

This paper explores the principles, impacts and opportu-nities of this new integrated system from a survey per-spective. The automation strategy will involve a redesign of systems and processes to allow the full benefits of au-tomation to be realised.

A fundamental principle of this concept is that the survey and title transactions will merge into a single digital land transaction. This will enable surveyors and solicitors to develop new relationships for creating and submitting trans-actions in land.

The impact of an integrated land tenure system on the existing survey and title systems is one of complete proc-ess automation with the implied digital conversion of "physi-cal records". This digital conversion would not simply be a change of format from paper to static digital records such as scanned plans (although it may include this for histori-cal records). It would also involve creation of live and intelligent digital records that play an active role in auto-mated processes.

This automation strategy will not only retain the princi-ples of the survey and title systems, but will extend them and completely alter the way in which they operate. It will also enable Land Information New Zealand to meet its vision of providing world class land and seabed informa-tion services.