Licensing Process Part 2: Time

The other day I started writing about what is involved with becoming a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor in New Zealand. Today I’ll fill you in on the time requirements for getting licensed, the first of which is at least two years of relevant post-graduation experience.

Of this two years, at least 12 months needs to be involved with Land Title surveying. That is, 12 months needs to be spent physically carrying out land surveys, marking out boundaries on the ground, drawing up plans and so on and so forth.

Three months of the two years needs to be involved with Resource Management Planning. This is the initial stages of any land development project, which involves dealing with Territorial Authorities to obtain Resource Consents to do subdivisions, or use the land in certain ways.

In addition to these, at least six months needs to be clocked up working in with civil engineering. Surveyors need to be competent in the design of basic road and drainage systems, and be able to oversee land development projects to ensure that minimum quality standards have been met. Of the six months spent in engineering, at least two months has to be involved with carrying out inspections or doing contract administration tasks.

Obviously to meet these requirements, detailed diary sheets need to be kept up-do-date and presented to the surveyors licensing board. Just putting the diary sheets together is a significant job in itself! Next up, I’ll explain what projects need to be completed before getting licensed.

Licensing Process Part 1: Why Get Licensed?

I’m working toward becoming licensed as a cadastral surveyor in New Zealand. A lot of people have been asking me lately about what’s involved with becoming licensed, so I thought it would be worth posting something on here about what I’m facing up to.

First up, what actually is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor? What do they do and what makes getting licensed so special? In a nutshell, cadastral surveying is the field of surveying that is involved with the legal side of defining land boundaries spatially, and is particularly involved with the subdivision process of generating new certificates of title.

The most basic and clear cut role of the licensed surveyor is that they sign survey plans. Only a licensed surveyor can sign plans and lodge them with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) for approval. In reality, licensed surveyors often wind up with more project management roles. This is because the process of getting licensed means they learn a lot about all facets of land development, from dealing with Council to obtain consents, overseeing the engineering requirements and ultimately producing and submitting the necessary plans.

The process of getting licensed is long and requires a lot of hard work. The first criteria is to complete a Bachelors degree in surveying, which currently can only be completed through Otago University. Provided you’ve got that, getting licensed involves minimum time and experience requirements, submitting projects and passing exams. I’ll take a closer look at these criteria in a few upcoming posts.

Purpose Won’t Satisfy your Soul

Everyone is passionate about living with purpose. Everyone wants to know that what they are doing here on earth is somehow important.

For a long time I’ve thought of a purposeful life as some kind of goal to work toward. But now I’m realising that ‘purpose,’ in itself, is actually not the thing I should be pursuing. I’m discovering these days that a purposeful life is the result of a satisfied soul, not the means to satisfy a soul. I think what really satisfies the soul is rooted in relationships, and in particular the relationship with the one who made it and knows it best. Sort out that fundamental relationship and an invigorating sense of purpose will flow a lot more easily.

Weighing in on Kony 2012

I confess I was a little behind the 8 ball to find out what all this Kony stuff has been about, but since I watched the video a few days back I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the whole deal. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the easiest thing to do is to watch the video, which has gone crazy in the social media world, clocking up over 27 Million views since going online early in March. It’ll take half an hour of your life, but its probably worth it.

My initial thoughts, to be honest, were not exactly positive. It strikes me as odd that so many resources, and so much time and energy is being spent trying to achieve something that, ultimately, can only be achieved by a very few specialist people. What I mean is that an international manhunt is not something that your average person off the street can get involved with or even find out what is going on. Rather than being the domain of organisations that you can keep track of, it is the domain of governments, intelligence agencies, secret missions and a lot of stuff that I just can’t fathom. I’m confused why, after so many years, Kony hasn’t been caught already when presumably its pretty high on the ugandan agenda. I absolutely would like to see Kony brought to justice in 2012, but I don’t actually know how funneling thousands of dollars into it will accelerate the process.

That said, I think there is a lot to celebrate about what this video is achieving. Most obviously, it is putting the pressure on to deliver justice for what are, without doubt, atrocious crimes. More significantly, though, I think this video has been valuable in that it has shown a generation the power that it can have, and proven that there is a widespread desire to see positive change in the world. It’s good to see the heartstrings of a generation tugged, if only to prove that this generation has heartstrings. The excitement being carried by all the fans of this cause seems to be the realisation that things are not right, and we can do something about it! While not convinced on this cause it excites me that this generation of tech-savvy young people are realising the power that their favourite medium can have to improve the world.

The Journey to

My relationship with blogging is long and complicated.  We started out so well, but somewhere along the line we just lost the spark.  We’ve taken a few long breaks, but there’s something in me that always draws me back.  I’m back now, with my own domain name as a sign of my commitment to make this thing work.  Although our history is ugly, to really know, you had better know where it grew from.  So this is my story of blogging and me…

My first blog, In Pursuit of Wisdom, was unashamedly a Christian thing.  I had a verse from the Bible as my subtitle and was convinced that I could be the modern version of Jonathon Edwards, complete with old school language.  I think I put some good stuff up there and enjoyed keeping it going.  If anything I took myself way too seriously, and looking back I often laugh at how stiff my writing voice was.  Anyway at one stage I simply stopped writing.  I can’t quite remember why, I probably just hit a busy patch at uni and didn’t know how to get back into it.

The Ramblings of Big M was a name I picked on a whim when none of the other domains I wanted were available.  I’ve never been nicknamed ‘Big M’ in my life, so what possessed me to name it that I have no idea!  In the end the name was probably the blogs downfall.  I never really felt proud of it with such a silly name, so was slightly ashamed whenever the blog came up in conversation.  It isn’t very motivating to put ideas you want the world to see on a platform you want no one to see, so this blog quite quickly bit the dust as well.

Somewhere along the line I read a bit of John Maxwell, and tapped into Michael Hyatt’s ‘Intentional Leadership’ blog, both of which resonated with me.  With regards to Michael Hyatt’s blog, I liked the way his Christianity came through in his blog, but that the blog was interesting and helpful regardless of what faith background you had.  After following this stuff for a while, and reading other things, I decided that was the direction I wanted to take, and hence came….

The Brown Guide to Life, which consisted of a grand total of 5 posts.  Right off the bat I struggled to find time to write, and again the name was a second choice thing that didn’t inspire me to make it awesome.

For the past six months or so I haven’t been blogging.  I’ve struggled to find time to write between the work, family and other commitments I have.  And yet I find that when I don’t write, the urge to write just gets stronger and more compelling.  With all the exciting things going on in my life at the moment I figured that a blog is a good way to keep people in the loop with what’s going on, so I set up  The idea is that the name is simple and general enough to last through any evolution that happens to the subject matter of the blog.  I’m looking forward to the adventure!