Find out how to begin a tenure review, and the key stages in the process.
Stage 1: Invitation to review
- The lessee applies to LINZ for a review by the CCL.
- We consult with DOC, and consider whether any neighbouring land should be included in the review.
- The CCL decides whether to accept the invitation.
- We notify the lessee whether the tenure review will proceed.
Stage 2: Information gathering
- We conduct property inspections of the lease, and research the history of the lease.
- We consult with DOC on any features of significant value that may need protection.
- We consult with Fish & Game and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on any features of the land that may need protection.
- We may commission reports that describe the status and activities on the lease.
- We post the reports on our web site under the Crown pastoral property pages.
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Stage 3: Preliminary proposal
- We develop a preliminary proposal that sets out:
- the areas of the lease that could be sold to the lessee and those that could be restored to full Crown ownership
- whether covenants or easements should be created over parts of the property
- where any public access routes would be created.
- We assess:
- the value of the pastoral lease held by the lessee, and
- the value of the land proposed to be freeholded to the lessee.
We base our assessments on independent market valuations. Because these interests have different market values, there is usually a difference between the amounts. These valuations assess:
- the value of the lease held by the lessee over the land;
- the value of the land to be bought by the lessee as freehold;
- the value of the land to be returned to full Crown ownership.
- We present the preliminary proposal to the lessee, and then send it out for public submissions. We consult with the local iwi authority at this stage.
To make a submission on a preliminary proposal:
- Download our overview of the tenure review public submission process (PDF 261.9 KB) or
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stage 4: Substantive proposal
- We consider the public and iwi submissions, and report to the Minister of Conservation on which submissions will be accepted.
- We consult further with DOC and the lessee.
- We develop a substantive proposal that incorporates changes resulting from the submissions.
- We seek approval from the Minister for Land Information to fund the proposal.
- We seek approval from the CCL to present the substantive proposal to the lessee.
- We present the substantive proposal to the lessee, who has three months to accept the proposal.
- If the lessee accepts the proposal, the lessee and the CCL form a binding contract to implement the tenure review.
Stage 5: Implementation
Once the lessee has accepted the substantive proposal, we implement the agreement. This involves:
- registering the relevant changes in Landonline (LINZ’s digital title and survey plan system);
- finalising covenants;
- organising the transfer of conservation land to DOC;
- surveying and fencing.
LINZ has commissioned a number of research reports to assist in the administering the tenure review process. Copies of these reports can be downloaded here:
- Lincoln University (LINZ commissioned), 2009: Colonisation and spread of Hieracium spp in the South Island high country over 25 years (amended 15/12/09)
- Lincoln University (LINZ commissioned), 2009 (amended 02/02/10): Summary Brochure: Colonisation and spread of Hieracium weed species in the South Island high country over 25 years
- Lincoln University (LINZ commissioned), 2007: Two decades of vegetation change across tussock grasslands of New Zealand’s South Island
- Lincoln University (LINZ commissioned), 2007: Summary Brochure: Two decades of vegetation change across tussock grasslands of New Zealand’s South Island
- Landcare Research Contract Report, LC0304/ 086, 2004. Representativeness of Protected Areas for Biodiversity
- Landcare Research Contract Report, LC0304/ 065, 2004. Vegetation History of the South Island High Country
- Landcare Research Contract Report, LC0304/ 111, 2004. Significance Assessment for Biodiversity in the South Island High Country
- Landcare Research Contract Report, LC0304/ 145, 2004. Draft Guidelines for Understanding the Promotion of Ecological Sustainability in Tenure Review