Regulatory

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From overseas investment to place names – the regulators and regulations preserving the value of New Zealand’s land assets.

New Zealanders value land. Working within LINZ we have a number of independent regulators that help ensure New Zealand’s land asset and other key resources are recognised, valued and enhanced for current and future generations.

If you’re an overseas investor wishing to buy ‘sensitive’ land, a high-value business or fishing quota you’ll need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO). Here, you can learn who we consider as overseas investors, what assets are considered sensitive, and obtain details about the application process.     

When buying or selling property, you want to know its value is robust. New Zealand’s Valuer General sets the requirements for property valuations and registered valuers, monitoring their work to ensure the accuracy of the value of this country’s land asset.

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has the task of assigning official names to places and significant features in New Zealand and in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Here, you can find out which place names the Board is currently considering and how you can have a say.

Addresses are vital to way finding. We help ensure New Zealand addresses are consistent throughout the country, setting standards and guidelines to support the local authorities that assign them.

Looking for regulations around surveying or land registration?

Find out about Land registration rules, standards and guidelines, or contact the Office of the Registrar-General of Land.

Read about Surveying rules, standards and guidelines, or get in touch with the Office of the Surveyor-General.