On this page you can find the most up to date information on the changes we’re making to the management of Crown pastoral land in the South Island high country.

The Crown is responsible for around 1.2 million hectares of land stretching from Marlborough to Southland. Much of this land is leased on a long-term basis to farmers for pastoral grazing.

Following the Government’s decision to end tenure review the Crown will be the long-term steward for its pastoral land, requiring it to take a stronger enduring stewardship role. To do so, the regulatory system governing Crown pastoral land needs to better support effective management. Changes at an operational level are also being implemented, with a focus on improving our monitoring of activities on pastoral lease land.

The need for change at both a regulatory and an operational level was identified in our assessment of the Crown Pastoral Land Regulatory System which you can be found on our Regulatory systems page.

In February 2019 Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced that the Government would be ending tenure review, the process by which Crown pastoral land can be sold to a leaseholder and areas with high ecological or other values can be transferred to the conservation estate.

Public consultation on changes to the Crown’s management of Crown pastoral land took place and LINZ received more 3,200 submissions.

Summary of submissions


LINZ is currently developing policy changes to take to Government later in the year.

Last Updated: 15 July 2019