Who We Are

The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) is the professional organisation in New Zealand for Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Cost Managers and Cost Consultants in the construction industry. We have around 6,000 members.

Our members work in many different situations, such as part of a specialist quantity surveying practice, or for a contractor, construction company, subcontractor, or builder. Others work within organisations such as banks, government departments, and developers. 

Students who are studying quantity surveying also belong to the institute. Membership is free when you are studying full time.

The institute is based in Wellington and is run by a Board, supported by staff. We have branches in Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, and Otago, along with international members.

Roles of the NZIQS


We give our members the support and opportunity to advance their careers and promote best practice by providing networking, educational and social events.


We have a Code of Conduct that all members commit to upholding.


We offer registration for senior members of the profession. The letters 'Registered Quantity Surveyor ' after your name offers an assurance of experience, knowledge, and ongoing professional development. 

Becoming a Registered Quantity Surveyor


We work to influence construction industry decision makers - public, industry, and private. Our aim is the use of best practice cost management to develop buildings and infrastructure effectively and efficiently.


We work with tertiary education providers to monitor and accredit New Zealand's courses for study for quantity surveyor qualifications. 

Study Quantity Surveying


We have a range of QS technical handbooks and guides. Members can access some of these for free, or at specially discounted rates. Some of these publications are used in QS course s in New Zealand.


We have international connections. We contribute with other member nations to the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). And we network with other countries' professional organisations. NZIQS has a reciprocal agreement for membership with the Australian, Hong Kong, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Canadian and Japanese Institutes.


The Quantity Surveyors Institute of New Zealand (QSINZ) and the New Zealand branch of The Building Surveyors Institute (BSI) amalgamated in 1978 to form the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS).

List of NZIQS Presidents 1978 – 2021

List of QSINZ and BSI Presidents 1960 - 1978