Second phase of Landonline steams ahead

Phase two of Land Information NZ's Landonline project will be ready to roll out by mid-2002, despite delays to the conversion of survey data, says Landonline manager Terry Jackson.

Phase two of Land Information NZ’s Landonline project will be ready to roll out by mid-2002, despite delays to the conversion of survey data, says Landonline manager Terry Jackson.

The implementation of the second stage, known as CRS2, which will allow solicitors, surveyors and others to lodge information about land titles and surveys online, does not depend on the survey data conversion, says Jackson. In any case, that job should be finished by about the same time, he says.

CRS2 was given final Cabinet approval earlier this month and PricewaterhouseCoopers approved as prime contractor for its development.

Implementation will start with a pilot project “to a limited number of users” in June 2002, and will roll out over the second half of 2002.

The first phase, CRS1, has been done for Southland and Otago. Next month will see Nelson and Christchurch on stream and Linz has rescheduled future implementations to bring on Wellington and Hamilton before the biggest area, Auckland, says spokesman Mike Bodnar.

“We are the first to admit that Landonline progress has not been as smooth as we expected”, and the rough spots will not be over with implementation, Bodnar says.

“The new system will be a lot less forgiving than the old,” he says, requiring accuracy and strict adherence to particular formats for data, and that may take some getting used to.

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