Confidence in Mercury Bay and the wider Coromandel brings new jobs

19 Oct 2021

Confidence in Mercury Bay and the wider Coromandel brings new jobs

Following the recent relocation of their Whitianga office to Lee Street, adjacent to Pathlab, the Surveying Services team is expanding. In response to growth of the business and confidence in Mercury Bay and the wider Coromandel Peninsula, two additional permanent positions have been established in Whitianga. This brings the team dedicated to servicing the Peninsula to five.

Geoff Marshall has been appointed as project manager. He will assist people through the process of carrying out a subdivision of their land, whether rural or urban. “Subdivision is a complex process that must first go through a detailed analysis before resource consent can be obtained from the local council,” says Surveying Services managing director, Brent Trail. “Following consent, on behalf of the landowner, Geoff will arrange for newly created properties to have good access to the road and be connected to an electrical supply and all available council services. This work is all necessary before a new title can be issued.”

Modern technology in the form of fibre optics and smart telephone systems, has enabled Surveying Services to appoint Emma Heeney in an all-important customer service role. “In addition to Whitianga, we have offices in the Bay of Plenty and the Waikato, and Emma is now the person that our clients are most likely to speak to when they first contact us for assistance, whether it is to locate boundary pegs, to carry out a site survey for a new building or to subdivide an existing property,” says Brent. “She will provide our clients with initial information and arrange for one of our experts to carry out the work they require.”

Emma has spent several years with PlaceMakers in their national sales and manufacturing division in Auckland before moving to Whitianga four years ago with her husband and young family. Prior to joining Surveying Services, she worked in the Mercury Bay real estate and building industries. “My husband used to holiday in Cooks Beach when he was younger and when we decided to leave Auckland for a lifestyle change, Whitianga was really the only town we considered,” she says. “We love the beach and fishing and cannot think of anywhere better to live.” 

Geoff spent more than 20 years in the New Zealand Navy as a hydrographic surveyor. That was followed by a move into the private sector where he managed various on and offshore projects, including a 10-year stint in the Middle East. “My wife and I moved to Whitianga three-and-a-half years ago when we returned to New Zealand from the United Arab Emirates,” he says. “My sister was living in Whitianga at that time and her support after a long time away was invaluable. After the hustle and bustle of Dubai, small town living was something that appealed to us greatly. One thing led to another and before long, we’ve purchased a house in town and started to put down roots.”

Among the notable projects Geoff was involved in while in the Middle east was a hydrographic survey to open the Shatt-al-Arab River in Iraq to commercial shipping. “The Shell head office in the Netherlands was building a natural gas plant up the river and enabling large barges to carry cargo to the site was much easier than freighting all the construction materials in by air,” he said. “It was fascinating work.”

Geoff continued to do contract work for his previous employer in the Middle East until earlier this year. He’s excited about his new role at Surveying Services. “Meeting clients across the Coromandel and helping them to make the most of their land is something I really look forward to,” he says. 


Pictured - Geoff Marshall and Emma Heeney, the two most recent additions to the Surveying Services Whitianga office.