Member Q&A - Nigel Collings


Each month we talk to a PSA Youth member and find out about their work and passions.

If you want to be involved in this feature let us know at psay@psa.org.nz

Nigel CollingsThis month we talk to Nigel Collings, Property Rights Analyst, Land Information New Zealand, Christchurch.

What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?

I was excited and nervous at the possibility of the big questions that would be asked.

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work? 

I am a Property Rights Analyst at Land Information New Zealand. I usually start at 6am and being one of the first people in the building I brew a couple of pots of coffee. . I then check emails and get on with my work which mainly consists of checking cadastral survey plans such as subdivisions and road widening plans. There are strict rules and regulations which surveyors must adhere to and my job is to ensure this happens.

What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?

Getting a pay rise even though it doesn’t cover a weeks car parking or the amount of inflation in the past year.

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

It can get tedious and with large plans many piles of paper on the desk. The trick to staying focused is to be organised, have regular breaks and drink lots of coffee.

What brought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?

I wanted to be more involved in the PSA and the youth network is a no stress way to learn about the inner workings of the PSA.  Since joining the youth network I have met amazing people, discussed and shared experiences and knowledge. This gave me the confidence and skill to become a delegate.

Name some things you like about the PSA Youth network

It may be hard to connect with many people in the work place who take a serious interest in the quality of their working life and the rights of employee’s.  The PSA Youth network has enabled me to engage with many people from many different organisations with completely different jobs but all with the same values.

What is your vision for youth in the PSA?

I would like to see more participation from inactive youth members. The Youth network members that I have met are intelligent and valuable assets, but there are still many more people who would benefit from and enjoy being a part of the movement if they only just made that first step.

How about when you aren't at work?  What else do you like to do with your time?

I play tennis, squash, volleyball and kayak.

What are your three favourite foods?

Turkish ice cream, home made pumpkin soup, chocolate.

What are your three loves?

Travelling, warm weather, adventure.

What are your three pet peeves?

Ignorance, war, greed.

What advice would you give your 18-year old self?

Go travel or study.

Anything else you would like to add?

Does anyone else think that the election may have been rigged?