Public Invited to Submit Comment on Tenure Reviews

17 December 2010

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) will tomorrow advertise two tenure review preliminary proposals for the Maryburn and The Wolds pastoral leases in the Mackenzie Basin.

The Maryburn pastoral lease is about 35 kilometres from Tekapo, while The Wolds is about 18 kilometres away.

Tenure review enables leaseholders with perpetual leases on Crown pastoral land to seek freehold ownership of some areas for economic uses, and enables protection for areas with significant inherent values.

Mathew Clark, Pastoral Manager for LINZ, says advertising the preliminary proposals allows the public to submit their views on the proposals.

"Public submissions are an important part of the tenure review process that shapes the final result," said Mr Clark. "As part of the tenure review process, parties such as the Department of Conservation, Fish and Game New Zealand, local iwi and the leaseholders are consulted before decisions are made."

The two preliminary proposals propose restoring 4,187 hectares of pastoral leasehold land in the Mackenzie Basin to full Crown ownership as public conservation land and freeholding 12,123 hectares to the leaseholders.

Protective mechanisms are proposed for the land freeholded as a result of the tenure reviews, including conservation and sustainable management covenants to promote ecologically sustainable management practices in the future.

The public has until 5pm on 4 March 2011 to submit feedback on the preliminary proposals. The time to then analyse and consider the submissions received will depend on the number received and their complexity. Once completed, the analysis and copies of the submissions will be placed on the LINZ website.

For more information about tenure review and pastoral leases, refer to these questions and answers.

Copies of the public advertisements for the preliminary proposals will be available from 18 December 2010 on the LINZ website, on these pages: Maryburn and The Wolds.

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