Article - Land Development Post Global Financial Crisis

  • 27 June 2018
  • Land Development, Urban Design
  • Survey

Volumes. Gradients. Levels. Claims. Contract Programme. Sleepless nights.

The Surveyor practising in Land Development in New Zealand will be familiar with these terms. This article focuses on the surveyor’s role in contending with high levels of development activity post the Global Financial Crisis. 

During the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and aftermath (say 2008 to 2012), there wasn’t much residential land development happening in New Zealand. Surveyors were heading overseas, or the ones lucky enough to have work were operating in rural areas or doing work for councils and other public sector clients. Surveying graduates had a hard time getting a job and many left for Australia and the UK.