Surveyor-General of New Zealand


Surveyor-General of New Zealand is a position created in 1840 when New Zealand became a separate colony.

List of Surveyors General of New Zealand


Surveyor GeneralPeriod in officeNotes
Felton MathewFeb 1840 – Dec 1841Appointed 1839
Charles Whybrow LigarJan 1842 – Feb 1856From 1852 to 1876 the office of Surveyor-General lapsed. Control of surveys was ceded to the provinces.
John Turnbull ThomsonMay 1876 – Oct 1879Surveyor-General was appointed in 1876 as head of the Department of the Surveyor-General.
James McKerrowNov 1879 – Jan 1889Secretary for Crown Lands and Surveyor-General
Stephenson Percy SmithFeb 1889 – Jun 1901Secretary for Crown Lands and Surveyor-General
Alexander BarronJul 1901 – Dec 1901Secretary for Crown Lands and Acting Surveyor-General
John William Allman MarchantJan 1902 – Jun 1906Secretary for Crown Lands and Surveyor-General
Thomas HumphriesJul 1906 – Jun 1909
John StrauchonJul 1909 – Mar 1912
James MackenzieApr 1912 – Mar 1914
Ernest Herbert WilmotApr 1914 – Mar 1920
Thomas Noel BrodrickApr 1920 – Oct 1920Under–Secretary for Lands and Surveyor-General
William Thomas NeillOct 1920 – Dec 1928
Maurice Crompton SmithOct 1922 – Dec 1922Acting
John Baird ThompsonJan 1929 – Mar 1929
Harry Edward WalsheApr 1929 – Mar 1946
Russell Gladstone DickApr 1946 – Jun 1962
Robert Philip GoughJun 1962 – Jun 1970
William Seaton BoyesJul 1970 – Feb 1973
Ian Francis StirlingMar 1973 – Jun 1981
Warren Neil HawkeyJul 1981 – Sep 1987
William Alexander RobertsonOct 1987 – Jun 1996also Director General from Apr 1988
Anthony John BevinJun 1996 – Apr 2004Acting from Oct 1995 to Jun 1996
Dr Donald GrantApr 2004 – Feb 2014
Mark Dyer[1]Mar 2014 – Aug 2018
Anselm Haanen[2]Aug 2018 – presentActing from Aug 2018 to Jul 2019

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