TL Survey Services Ltd
Postal Address
P O Box 901
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Physical Address
Level 4
The Queens Building
109 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 477 1133
Fax: +64 3 477 1127

About Our People

Steve Copson  Steve Copson – Principal

Licensed Cadastral Surveyor, BSurv, DipSci (Land Information Systems), MNZIS, MICS RPS

Steve joined the Department of Lands and Survey in 1985 and has come through all the changes bringing us up to the present day at TL Survey Services Ltd (TLSS).

As the Managing Director of TLSS, Steve is responsible for the overall team management and official sign-offs required by Land Information NZ and the various local authorities. Steve enjoys client liaision with both exisiting and new clientele. 

Steve is an avid golfer and can be found on most weekends at either Gladfield or Te Anau golf courses.



Mark Geddes  Mark Geddes – Manager / Licensed Cadastral Surveyor


Mark has returned to TL Survey, having worked for the company between 1999 and 2007 before leaving to work in the UK.

There, he worked for several different contracting companies. At one, he was employed as a drainage engineer at a couple of Olympic Games sites – a large park-like recreation area and the Aquatics Centre. At another, Mark helped build railways infrastructure projects such as new stations and viaducts. He was also employed on a short contract at Heathrow Airport.

His role with TLS involves land development engineering and surveying, principally on roads and drainage for new subdivisions. He also carries out resource consent work both locally and further afield in Queenstown and Ashburton.

Mark has a BA in Geography and a BSurv from the University of Otago. He is a member of both the New Zealand Institute of Surveying and the Institute of Cadastral Surveying. Mark is also the immediate past chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (Coastal Otago Branch) where he served as secretary before leaving for the UK. He is also on the national committee for the Institute of Cadastral Surveying.

He coaches junior cricket and rugby, and is in training for the Luxmore Grunt Mountain Run.


Lena Hayes 2  Lena Hayes – Licensed Cadastral Surveyor


Lena has returned to Dunedin from Christchurch where she spent six years gaining experience in predominately engineering and cadastral surveying.

In her spare time Lena can usually be found on Dunedin's walking tracks trying to appear in control of her dog and husband.


bruce  Bruce Soper – Senior Surveyor


Bruce is the third member of the original TL Survey team. He had been both a draughtsman and surveyor at Lands and Survey for many years before completing his New Zealand Certificate in Drafting and the New Zealand Certificate of Land Surveying qualifications at Otago Polytechnic. Stints at the Department of Survey and Land Information, and Terralink followed.

Because of his experience and history with crown work, at TL Survey Bruce is responsible for the crown components of projects. He also works on private subdivisions and general cadastral surveying as well as keeping a watching brief over junior staff.


Chris Hall  Chris Hall – Surveyor


Chris Hall has returned to Dunedin from Western Australia where he was working on the Gorgon LNG Project involving civil construction surveys and set-out.

Chris has specialist experience in dimension control and offshore surveys, working in the UK and Africa.

He enjoys the cadastral survey work at TL Survey and when not out surveying can be found messing around in boats, surfing and digging in the garden.


Chris Wylie 1  Chris Wylie – Surveyor

BSurv (with credit), BSci (geology)

After spending 80-days working at TL Survey early in 2017 to fulfil the requirements of his university degree, Chris returned to the company in a full-time role after graduation. He now tackles a “good mix” of work, including cadastral boundary surveying and engineering surveying including building set outs.

In addition to being a qualified surveyor, Chris is also a qualified builder and before deciding to go to university was self-employed in the Dunedin building industry.

Chris makes good use of the southern lifestyle by taking his young son skiing and fishing when he can. They enjoy kicking a ball around together and Chris likes to tramp, run and work out at the gym.


Corey Donaldson  Corey Donaldson – Surveyor


Corey Donaldson worked for TLS as an intern over the 2016/17 summer while still at university and so enjoyed his time with us that when he graduated with a BSurv, he returned in a full-time surveying role.

He likes the mix of indoor and outdoor work, and is interested in both the cadastral and engineering aspects of his job. Looking ahead, Corey sees the use of technology in surveying as increasing over time with greater development of computer software technologies.

When not surveying, Corey can be found outdoors – running, fishing or playing sports like rugby.



chris  Christopher Baughen – Engineer

NZCE (Civil)

Chris spent the previous two decades before he joined TL Survey Services at the civil and structural engineering company Duffill, Watts and King. The two decades prior to that were served at the Ministry of Works as a civil draughtsman.

He designs and determines the location of all the roads and services required for a development – water, waste water, storm water, power and telecoms. He arranges the contract with a contractor and manages the construction project up to the point where the sections can be put on the market. He processes the contactor’s payment claims and is effectively the client’s eyes and ears on the ground.


carolyn  Carolyn Craik – Engineer / Graduate Surveyor

BSurv (Survey Graduate / Civil Engineer)

Carolyn works with sub-division developers designing roads and services, and gaining approvals. She undertakes weekly site inspections, taking measurements and ensuring the actual construction complies with what is on the plans.


Planning, Graphics and General

John Willems 3  John Willems – Planning And Project Consultant

BSc (Land Planning & Development), NZCD Survey, AMNZIS

John had a long career as a draughtsman for the former Lands and Survey Department and Department of Survey and Land Information before joining Terralink and subsequently TL Survey Services.

He has been with the company since its inception and his areas of expertise are resource consent applications and general planning matters which include liaising with clients, councils and TL Survey Services colleagues.

John has a planning degree from Otago University’s School of Surveying and uses his experience in discussing clients’ proposals, listening to their ideas and determining their compliance with various local authorities’ (councils’) district plans. Various types of information and data are studied during this process including survey plans and aerial photos. He says, “We discuss the client’s options, outline the steps and costs involved, prepare a scheme plan and then a resource consent application which is lodged with the relevant council.”

John keeps track of resource consent underway at any given time making sure they fit clients’ and councils’ requirements.


Aki Copson  Aki Copson – Reception and administration

Aki has been with the team since 2011 and is the director of first impressions. She mans the front desk, fields calls and is Steve's assistant. Aki maintains the database and handles the accounts. Originally from Japan, Aki worked for a publishing company as a photographer and magazine editor before moving to New Zealand.

Sean Toomey   Sean Toomey – Reception and administration