Identifying the above values should be part of the due diligence investigations a Crown agency undertakes when preparing land for disposal.

This should include undertaking an inspection of the land and reviewing historic information held on the land, such as activities that have occurred on the land or records of approaches by members of the public or interest groups. As noted, processes such as notification to DOC, where applicable will also identify such values.

Reviewing records held by other agencies, such as district plans and other Council records, or registers held by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga or New Zealand Archaeological Association would also be useful to provide the Crown agency a full picture of the land.

In addition, it would be appropriate to consider any public information about adjoining or nearby properties, as such values may extend on to the Crown agency’s land. For example, a district plan identifying a pä site on private land could mean that archaeological sites related to that pä (such as cultivation areas) may extend on to adjoining Crown-owned land.