Knowing the extent of land-related rights
26 March 2013
A vision for a future cadastre
New Zealand has a world class system – the cadastre – for defining and recording the boundaries of land-related property rights. This system is a vital basis for our economy and underpins our social and cultural objectives.
However, society is changing rapidly and people are increasingly demanding ready access to information and using it for a wider variety of purposes. The cadastre needs to develop to keep pace with these demands.
The vision is that the information in such a broadened cadastre will be readily accessible and that people will have confidence in the spatial extent of all the various rights, restrictions and responsibilities.
Cadastral information, including in three-dimensional form, would be made available in real time through channels that meet user needs – not necessarily provided by LINZ. Those channels would include mobile devices that could be used for locating and depicting boundaries on the ground.
The consultation document was the first step on the journey to achieving this vision.
A shared and agreed strategy
The vision and strategy are matters of importance to all New Zealanders and can best be refined and developed through consultation with all stakeholders in the cadastre – central and local government, the Maori Land Court, authorities (including iwi), professional bodies, business and the general public.
A shared and agreed strategy will enable the best investment decisions to be made and the benefits to all stakeholders to be maximised.
Public submissions were sought on the strategy from 15 October to 14 December 2012. During this phase 36 written submissions were received with the majority being from stakeholders rather than the general public. In addition some comments and discussion points were raised on the online forum.
The vast majority of submitters were positive and in support. Some raised concerns about the strategy approach and many specific points were made ranging from the high level definitions and concepts though to detailed actions.
A summary of the submissions is available here
This feedback is currently being considered and will be used to finalise the strategy.