Find the most up to date information on the changes we’re making to the administration of Crown pastoral land in the South Island high country.

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

The Crown Pastoral Land Reform Act received Royal assent from the Governor-General on 17 May 2022.   

The Act amends the Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998 and Land Act 1948. It ends tenure review and introduces 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 changes also aim to increase transparency, improve accountability, enable more public involvement in how the system operates, and better support the Crown-Māori relationship.

Crown Pastoral Land Reform Act

Last Updated: 30 May 2022