TL Survey Services Ltd
Postal Address
P O Box 901
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Physical Address
Level 2
Barton's Building
2 Stafford Street
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 477 1133

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 TL Survey, 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 TL Survey 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.




Corey Donaldson  Corey Donaldson – Surveyor


Corey Donaldson worked for TL Survey 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.




IMG_7116  Lawrence Bishop – Surveyor

Bsurv (Distinction), PGdipSci Surveying (Distinction), IHO Cat A Hydrographic, DipGrad Tchg (Sec)

Lawrence has returned to Land Surveying after working overseas in Hydrographic Surveying and most recently as a High School Mathematics teacher. He has maintained a strong link with TL Survey since working for the company while completing his BSurv (2007). Since returning to Land Surveying there is no place that he would rather be than with the team at TL Survey and living the dream in Dunedin.

He enjoys the variety of work that comes across his desk, including boundary flaggings, topographical surveys, subdivisions, engineering design and construction set-out.

Lawrence enjoys taking on challenges and creating robust solutions through thinking outside the box and bringing all the essential components together to produce the best outcome for his clients. He does not shy away from challenges, often writing programs for his calculator or creating excel spreadsheets to streamline operations.

When not at work, Lawrence can be found at a hardware store with his young children under his arms or enjoying family life with his wife, Caroline. He also enjoys DIY, building, hunting, fishing, chopping firewood, riding motorbikes, and curling in his spare time.






Kirsten  Kirsten Flett – Reception And Administration

 A varied history of jobs have I

A jill, not a jack, of all trades
From teaching to surveying
And Airforce to cleaning maids

I go to work to eat my lunch
Pretty much like school
I try to be serious
But like to play the fool

My job: to keep the staff on track
By bearing, distance, and time
And collecting money to pay the piper
I even like to rhyme

I hold a pole and bang in pegs
And keep the revs up on the truck
I type at speed and answer phones
I enjoy this job, what luck!