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ANZSOG alum Gaye Searancke appointed chief executive of Land Information New Zealand

15 May 2019

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ANZSOG alum Gaye Searancke has been appointed as chief executive of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), a department of 600 staff with a $600 million budget.

New Zealand State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes said that Ms Searancke was an experienced public service leader and a strategic thinker with a solid track record in developing and implementing complex strategy a scale.

MsSearancke competed ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program (EFP) in 2014. 

The EFP is an intensive, three-week residential program for senior executives, providing them with a rare opportunity for learning and reflection away from the officeto develop new leadership perspectives.


Ms Searanckehas beena deputy commissioner at Inland Revenue since August 2017. Her key focuses in that role have been on improving customer experience, long-term compliance and championing a customer centric culture.

“MsSearancke is a perceptive, empowering leader who focuses on people,” Mr Hughes said.

“Through her collaborative leadership, she has delivered system and customer outcomes for both her organisation and across government. She is comfortable managing complex and sensitive issues and working with multiple ministers.

“She knows how to get the job done and will be an asset to the public service chief executive team.”

LINZ administers 15 Acts of Parliamentand has four core functions: making geographic information accessible and usable; protecting New Zealanders’ property rights; ensuring the Crown Estate is sustainably managed; and ensuring international investments benefit New Zealand.

Ms Searancke has held senior leadership roles across the Public Service, including with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry of Economic Development. In her previous role at ACC, Ms Searancke led Strategy and Governance and, as a member of the Executive Team, oversaw a whole-of-organisation transformation effort.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Otago and attended the ANZSOG Executive Fellows Programme in 2014.

Ms Searancke has been appointed for five years starting from 19 August 2019.

Applications for the 2019 Executive Fellows Program (EFP) are now open.  

Find out more at the EFP page.