Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Crown’s management of pastoral land in the South Island high country.

Cover page of the discussion document 'Enduring stewardship of Crown pastoral land'

The Government wants to work in partnership with others to achieve better outcomes for Crown pastoral land in the high country. This consultation is one of the first steps to strengthening key partnerships so the Crown can better steward this critically important landscape.

The need for change has been clear for some time with shifts in the use of the land both at a farming, environmental and economic level. The recently published assessment of the Crown Pastoral Land Regulatory System also identified the need for changes at a legislative level to improve the environmental and economic outcomes for pastoral land in the high country.

Discussion Document: Enduring stewardship of Crown pastoral land

Submissions closed on Friday 12 April 2019

Read the summary of submissions

Video transcript


With the ending of tenure review the Crown is set to be the long-term steward for its pastoral land, requiring it to take a stronger enduring stewardship role. It will be critical that the regulatory system governing Crown pastoral land supports effective management which is why the legislative changes being proposed are so important.

We want to hear your views on what’s being proposed, including on the proposed outcomes, which focus on ensuring that the natural landscapes, indigenous biodiversity, and cultural and heritage values are secured and safeguarded for the future.

There are a number of proposals to support changes to how the Crown manages its pastoral land to achieve the outcomes.

These include:

  • ways to ensure decision making is accountable and transparent
  • changes to how the Commissioner of Crown land considers discretionary consents to ensure the Crown makes decisions in the best interests of achieving the outcomes
  • improvements to the information held on Crown pastoral land
  • improving the Crown’s performance
  • increasing monitoring of the land

There is also the opportunity to provide feedback on the implications of ending tenure review, including:

  • how land with significant ecological and other values could be protected in the future,
  • how access across Crown pastoral land could be secured, and
  • any other consequences of ending tenure review the Government should consider.

For more details about the proposals please view the discussion document.

Discussion Document: Enduring stewardship of Crown pastoral land (PDF 7MB)

Map showing locations of Crown pastoral leases in the South Island Te Waipounamu

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Last Updated: 12 June 2019