Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill advice

LINZ has released its advice to the Minister for Land Information regarding the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill to help the public make informed submissions.

The Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 23 July 2020 and was referred to the Environment Select Committee.

The Committee is now accepting submissions, and the public is encouraged to provide any feedback regarding the Bill.

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About the documents

This advice was provided to the Minister for Land Information, and helped to inform:

  • policy decisions made by Cabinet in December 2019
  • delegated policy decisions made by the Minister for Land Information (in consultation with the Minister for the Environment and the Minister of Agriculture) in early 2020
  • delegated technical decisions made by the Minister for Land Information in 2020.

This advice has been compiled and can be found below (see ‘Attachments’). Some information has been withheld in line with the Official Information Act 1982.

About the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill

The Bill proposes changes to the Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998 and Land Act 1948. It will end tenure review and introduce an outcomes-based approach to the regulatory system, to help ensure that sustainable pastoral farming maintains or enhances the inherent (ecological, landscape, cultural, heritage and scientific) values of the land.

The Bill also aims to increase transparency and accountability, and reflects the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi to support strong and enduring Crown-Māori relationships.

For more information, see Crown Pastoral Land Management

Previous Cabinet decisions and related advice

Advice that informed the February 2019 decision to end tenure review has already been published on our website:
High country advice (published April 2019)

Information on the public consultation process and submissions received can also be found on our website:
Consultation on enduring stewardship of Crown pastoral land

The December 2019 Cabinet paper, minute of decision, and Regulatory Impact Statement are available on our website:
Delivering better outcomes for Crown pastoral land: Final decisions

The June 2020 Cabinet paper Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill: Approval for Introduction has also been published on our website:
Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill: Approval for Introduction

Last Updated: 30 September 2020