Tenure review: process and properties

Find out about the different steps in the tenure review process and recent activity.

Tenure review is a voluntary process that gives pastoral lessees an opportunity to buy some of their leasehold land. The rest of the land returns to Crown ownership, usually for conservation purposes.

This process helps protect distinctive and rare ecosystems. It has led to the formation of high country parks, and improved public access and recreation in the South Island high country.

Tenure reviews are conducted by the Commissioner of Crown Lands (CCL). We manage the tenure review process on the CCL’s behalf.

We seek input from a number of organisations at various stages in the process, including the Department of Conservation, Fish & Game New Zealand, local iwi, and the public.

This table provides an overview of the tenure review programme and shows information about the number of properties at various stages of the process.

Crown Pastoral Lease Tenure Review Activity as at: 31 July 2019

Activity StateNumber
Review Complete131
Whole Property Purchase5
Substantive Proposals Accepted by Lessee5
Substantive Proposals Put to Lessee (not yet accepted)0
Preliminary Proposals Advertised7
Consultation with Lessee for Preliminary Proposal17
Information Gathering for Preliminary Proposal1
Invitations Received2
Not in Tenure Review135
Total Number of Crown Pastoral Leases303
Last Updated: 1 August 2019