Top surveyor won rare award

19:46, Nov 12 2012

Well-known Taranaki surveyor Trevor Bright died at his New Plymouth home on Thursday, aged 85.

He was given the McCrae Award on his 80th birthday for his services to the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors.

Mr Bright was one of only 16 surveyors in New Zealand to receive the award.

He was a member of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) for 54 years.

Mel Harper, a former employee of Mr Bright, said he had been a very outgoing person with a keen interest in history.

"He gave 100 per cent in anything he was involved with," Mr Harper said. "I worked for him in 1960. He was always very interested in the young people of the community and giving them lots of encouragement."

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Mr Bright joined the Lands & Survey department in 1944 as a draughting cadet in the Blenheim office. He began training as a surveyor in 1947 and spent most of his career serving in Taranaki.

He served as the NZIS Taranaki branch secretary and chairman from 1955 to 1961.

During this time he led a team of surveyors to re-measure the height of Mt Taranaki in March 1960.

He was Taranaki's chief surveyor from 1969 to 1980.

He was also the planning officer for the Taranaki Land District and the Egmont National Park Board.

Taranaki Daily News