LINZ has released its advice to the Minister for Land Information on possible changes to the management of Crown pastoral land.
This advice informed the Government’s announcement in February 2019 that it would be ending the tenure review process. The Government has also commenced public consultation on further regulatory proposals to support effective management of Crown pastoral land. Along with the decision to end tenure review, a discussion document, ‘Enduring stewardship of Crown pastoral land’, was released on 17 February.
The consultation period closes on Friday 12 April 2019.
About the documents
The documents are not Government policy: they represent LINZ’s advice to the Minister on potential regulatory changes. There are instances where the advice differs from the final decisions by the Government. You can find a summary of the decisions made by Cabinet in the Cabinet minute CBC-19-MIN-0001 (Document 1). The associated regulatory impact statement ‘Proposed changes to tenure review’ can also be found below (Document 2).
The documents cover a variety of sub-topics and date back to November 2017.
Due to the high level of public interest, LINZ has also published the December 2018 Cabinet paper “Release of the discussion document Enduring stewardship of Crown pastoral land” which was considered by the Cabinet Environment, Energy and Climate Committee. This Cabinet paper was not progressed beyond Cabinet Committee and another version was later resubmitted in January 2019 where it was then confirmed by Cabinet. The key change between the two papers is the decision to end tenure review, which was not proposed in the December 2018 paper. This change reflects this Government’s commitment to long-term ownership of Crown pastoral land. The December paper did not have an associated regulatory impact statement.
When necessary, some of the documents have had information redacted, such as where information is subject to legal privilege, or still under active consideration by Ministers at the time of this release. These have been redacted in line with the guidance in the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act). If this information were formally requested under the Act, it is likely that it would be withheld, though over time more material may be suitable for release. A table outlining the relevant sections of the Act that would likely apply has been provided.
Cabinet minute CBC-19-MIN-0001
Delivering better outcomes for Crown pastoral land (PDF 2MB) (already released)