We administer the following Acts and other legislation relating to New Zealand's land and seabed.
Legislation we administer
You can read a full description of each Act on the New Zealand Legislation website.
- Cadastral Survey Act 2002
- Crown Grants Act 1908
- Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998
- Hunter Gift for the Settlement of Discharged Soldiers Act 1921
- Land Act 1948
- Land Transfer Act 2017
- New Zealand Geographic Board Act 2008
- Public Works Act 1981
- Rating Valuations Act 1998
- Reserves and Other Lands Disposal Acts
- Valuation Department (Restructuring) Act 1998
- Valuers Act 1948
Prior to 12 November 2018, the Land Transfer Act 1952 and Land Transfer (Computer Registers and Electronic Lodgement) Amendment Act 2002 were in force. Toitū Te Whenua also administered those Acts.
Toitū Te Whenua also has functions under a number of other Acts. These include:
- Unit Titles Act 2010 (partially administered by Toitū Te Whenua, with Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment)
Land acquisition and network utility operators
The Chief Executive has statutory functions under the Public Works Act relating to the disposal of surplus land. This disposal function can arise for land held by other agencies under various Acts such as:
- Airport Authorities Act 1966
- Crown Research Institutes Act 1992
- Health Sector (Transfers) Act 1993
- New Zealand Railways Corporation Act 1981
- New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990
- State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986
- Treaty of Waitangi (State Enterprises) Act 1988
- Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993
- Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 – reclaimed land
- Crown Forest Assets Act 1989 – administering leases
The four statutory officers are:
- Commissioner of Crown Lands
- Registrar-General of Land
- Surveyor-General (also Chairperson of the New Zealand Geographic Board)
- Valuer-General (also Chairperson of the Valuers Registration Board).
The Registrar-General of Land and the Surveyor-General have special responsibilities relating to land transactions under more than 50 statutes.