Our team at Cogswell Surveys know land development - we've been shaping Cambridge for over 50 years.

Established in 1965, Cogswell Surveys has a long history of providing a wide range of land surveying and development services in the Cambridge area. We are proud of our hard-earned reputation for quality, with clients in both the private and corporate sectors of the community.

We are based in Cambridge and service the Waikato Region & beyond. Whether you are ready to begin your project, or just considering your options, contact us today for further details on how we can help you with your project.

We are members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and are committed to providing our clients with professional advice and quality service, while balancing their needs with local planning and legislative requirements.

Our Team

Our team of Land Surveyors combine their varied knowledge and experience to deliver precise information and innovative solutions that maximise opportunity and create greater value.

Phil Cogswell

Registered Professional Surveyor

Phil has over 30 years’ experience in surveying and land development engineering. 
After completing a degree in Surveying along with a substantial completion of a BSc in Soil Science, Phil returned home to Cambridge to work alongside his father, until Ron’s retirement in 1997. Phil continued as the sole shareholder with Pete joining him in 2010.

Phil’s areas of expertise and interest are planning, engineering design and project management.  He has a reputation for delivering results on major projects through effective consultation and project management.

Pete McLachlan

Licenced Cadastral Surveyor

Pete first joined the team at Cogswell Surveys in 2002 after graduating from The University of Otago with a Bachelor of Surveying.

Pete has vast experience in Surveying and Engineering projects in NZ and the UK having worked on many high profile projects both locally and internationally.

Pete returned to Cogswell Surveys in 2009, becoming a director in 2010.  In 2017 Pete won the New Zealand Property Councils Waikato Property Professional of the Year award highlighting his leadership, commitment and innovation within the property industry.

Coming from a farming background, Pete enjoys the practical challenges of the day to day work and seeing projects through from concept to completion.

Andrew Watts

Licensed Cadastral Surveyor

Andrew started at Cogswell Surveys at the end of 2002 after finishing a Bachelor of Surveying degree at Otago University.  He became a Licensed Surveyor in 2007. 

Andrew gained experience with engineering surveying while living in the UK.  Working on some large projects such as the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford.

In 2009 he returned to New Zealand and gained some experience with Maori Land surveys on the East Coast while living and working in Gisborne.  In 2010 he returned to Cogswell Surveys.

Andrew has experience in Cadastral and Engineering surveying, as well as land development design and supervision.

Alistair Bond

Graduate Surveyor

Alistair first started with Cogswell in 2012 on a part time basis following the completion of his Bachelor of Surveying degree from the University of Otago. Between 2012 and 2016, his main priority was with the New Zealand Rowing Team, competing at multiple World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics. During this time he also attained his Masters in Environmental Management from Massey University.

Since mid-2017, Alistair has moved into a full-time role with the company as a Graduate Surveyor.  Over the next couple of years, he hopes to become a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor.

Aaron Cogswell


Aaron joined Cogswell Surveys in 2005 after leaving Cambridge High School - Learning on the job from his Grandfather and Father.  Aaron left to complete the National Diploma in Surveying at Unitec in 2010.

After graduating Aaron worked for a firm in Hamilton and on various civil construction projects across New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.

The QCLNG Upstream project in central Queensland

The Waikato Expressway Cambridge section

The Nadi N2 four laneing project in Fiji

Aaron returned to Cambridge to start a family in early 2017 and re-joined Cogswell Surveys.

Aaron’s key role is training and managing our newer staff members, whether it be land transfer surveys or engineering/construction work.

Murray James

Engineering Manager

Murray’s experience in Civil Engineering commenced 45 years ago in the Taranaki .  After completing his NZ certificate in Engineering , Murray worked for a period in the Cycle Industry, before becoming involved in  the major infrastructure Project of the Windfarm Construction in Palmerston North.  Murray then commenced Land Development Engineering with the Waipa District Council in 2012

Murray’s areas of expertise is in project coordination, processes and delivering projects in a timely manner.


Rene Nielsen

Senior Engineer

Rene joined the team at Cogswell Surveys in early 2018.  With over 8 years’ experience in engineering.

Rene has a wide range of experience in engineering projects both in NZ and abroad.  Rene has worked on several high profile roading and land development projects around New Zealand.

Rene enjoys the challenge of delivering simplistic, fit for purpose engineering solutions and being involved with projects from a vision all the way through to construction.

Ryan McKeown

Engineering Technician

Ryan joined the Cogswell team mid-2019. Ryan started his career in engineering in 2017 after 4 years in the building trade.

Ryan has been involved in a range of jobs including large residential developments, Road safety improvements and bridge maintenance inspections throughout the Waikato.

Ryan enjoys delivering a design that meets the clients visions and being part of the construction process. 

Outside of Engineering Ryan’s interests include getting out on his motorbike, catching up with family and friends or tackling some DIY around the house.

Kevin Stanners

Survey Technician

Kevin started working as a Survey Technician for Cogswell Surveys LTD in 2016 after a career in Telecommunications.  

He has lived in Cambridge for 14 years with his wife Fiona.  They have two adult children.

His interests are Motorcycling, DIY, and social time with family and friends.

Thomas Horrox

Survey Technician

Thomas joined the Cogswell Surveys team in late 2013 after graduating Wintec with a NZ Diploma in Civil Engineering.  He has been involved in some of our larger developments, including St Kilda and various projects in Cambridge North.  These projects have given him a range of experience and practical knowledge.

He has always enjoyed working outdoors and solving the range of problems we encounter when out on-site.

Ben Goodson

Graduate Surveyor

Ben first started with Cogswell Surveys team in 2014 from High School, where he worked part time through the holidays. Ben continued with part time work while studying at University of Otago for his Bachelor of Surveying. Now completed Ben has joined Cogswell Surveys for a full time role with the  goal to  become a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor.

Nick Simes

Graduate Surveyor

Nick first started with the Cogswell Surveys team in 2015 after his first year at university. Nick worked part time throughout the various university breaks.

Nick is now apart of Cogswell Surveys in a full time role as a graduate surveyor, looking to become a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor in the future.

Outside of surveying Nick's interest are rugby as a player and coach.

Kandee French


Kandee started with Cogswell Survey late 2017 as an Administrator.  She thoroughly enjoys the challenges and the new learning environment that Cogswell Surveys brings.  Originally from a Teaching Background she has decided to move back to administration.  She is enjoying gaining new knowledge and working within a fun and supportive team at Cogswell.

Ron Cogswell

Ron completed his surveying apprenticeship in Palmerston North from 1952-57. He then worked in Hamilton for two firms between 1957-64, helping completed development in Melville area.

In 1964 he founded Cogswell Surveys Ltd in Cambridge. He attributes his long career to learning new skills and job fulfillment. Ron still maintains his Cambridge links and working for Cogswell Surveys online.