Gaye Searancke is new CEO for Land Information NZ

Gaye Searancke.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) gets a new chief executive from August, Gaye Searancke. The announcement was made on Tuesday by State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes.

Searancke spent 12 years in Public Service roles in assorted government ministries before joining ACC, where she was chief governance and strategy officer between 2102 and 2017. Since then she has been deputy commissioner, customer and compliance services – business at Inland Revenue, where she leads 1100 people. Her key focuses in that role have been on improving customer experience, long-term compliance and championing a customer centric culture. 
 
LINZ administers 15 Acts including the Public Works Act 1981, the Land Act 1948 and the Land Transfer Act 1952. The agency has four core functions: making geographic information accessible and useable; protecting New Zealanders’ property rights; ensuring the Crown Estate is sustainably managed; and ensuring international investments in our valued assets benefit New Zealand. The chief executive leads a department of approximately 600 staff with a budget of about $600 million.  

The role became vacant last December when Mr Andrew Crisp was appointed to the position of CEO at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. 

Ms Searancke holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Otago and attended the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Executive Fellows Programme in 2014.  

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