An attempt to remove the support of the Institute of Surveyors for Land Information New Zealand’s LandonLine development failed at the institute's annual general meeting last week.
The Nelson-Marlborough branch put forward a remit recommending that the institute remove its support until the functionality and workability of the system had been demonstrated. A similar remit was put forward by the Northland branch but this was also defeated, says Institute president Brian Coutts.
Contrary to the tenor of these remits, three motions were put from the floor. The first said the institute “affirms support for the Landonline project and the completion of CRS2 (the second phase of the system) so the full benefits of the project can be realised by [members] their clients and all users.”
There were “very few, if any” votes against or abstentions on this motion, says Coutts.
A second motion from the floor related to access to original paper records, which Linz wants to centralise at main centres of population (Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin), to avoid expensive multiple storage and administration.
The motion urged Linz to implement whatever decision was made, “in a manner that ensures that surveyors continue to have timely access as required at minimal cost, and timely delivery.”
Linz chief executive Russ Ballard indicated last week that access would not be impeded even if a decision were made to centralise records.
Cabinet has now approved a decision to centralise.
The third motion expressed concern with the delays to implementation of Landonline in Dunedin.