About Trig Instruments

In 2023 Trig Instruments celebrates it's 50th birthday. We are New Zealand’s longest established survey equipment supplier, with a long, proud tradition of offering the best range, products, prices, and service in the industry.


Where it began...

1964, Liverpool born Pete Kinsella responded to an advertisement in the UK Daily Telegraph for 'Instrument Makers' to train at the Wild Heerbrugg (now renamed Leica) factory in Switzerland.  After completing his training, in 1967 Pete and his wife Anne moved to New Zealand to establish a service department for the New Zealand Wild Heerbrugg agents 'Dental and Medical'.  

In 1973 Pete left Dental and Medical and joined Geoff Hunter in Korokoro Wellington, to create 'Hunter Kinsella Instruments'. On the death of Geoff Hunter a few years later, Pete Kinsella closed the Korokoro office and moved in to the Wellington CBD, reopening as 'Trig Surveying Instrument Co.' in a small office in Oak Park House.

As the company grew, it slowly took over the whole ground floor of Oak Park House. In 1986 'Trig Surveying Instrument Co.' and Auckland based 'Geodetic Instruments' acquired the exclusive New Zealand agency for 'Topcon' surveying equipment, which broadened Trig's product range in to Lasers and Levels, along with other brands like Myzox, to offer a full range of accessories and solutions. 

In 1989 Kevin Stevens joined the company to train as a service technician, but over the next few years Kevin become involved with all aspects of the company's operation, including sales and marketing.  During this time, the company continued to expand it's product range, to include Machine Control, so the company name was shortened to 'Trig Instruments' which better reflected the varied range of Instruments and equipment offered. 

By 1995, running out of space and in a building that was flagged to be demolished to make way for Wellington’s long awaited motorway extension, the company moved to a new, custom built premises in Ngauranga, just north of the Wellington CBD.

On Pete Kinsella’s retirement in 2000, Kevin and his wife Liz purchased the company, with Kevin taking over the role of Managing Director. Since that time, the company has continued to grow, employing more staff and expanding it’s product range and services.

In 2016, Trig Instruments became the exclusive New Zealand distributor for Horizon Singapore's range of GNSS and Total Station survey instruments and from Norway, the DigPilot range of 2D and 3D machine control solutions. Offering a greater range of products, better support and training.  

In 2019, Trig Instruments became the exclusive New Zealand distributor for Stonex, Italy's high-end range of GNSS, Total Station and laser scanner survey solutions. 

2020 was a challenging year with the Covid-19 pandemic, but it also brought a lot of infrastructure work to NZ which enabled Trig Instruments to pick up the agency for Hemisphere Machine Control systems, which sat perfectly alongside the existing range, to offer a full gamut of solutions to the civil and contracting sector.