Tenure review: process and properties

Find out how to begin a tenure review, and the key stages in the process.

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Stage 1: Invitation to review

  1. The lessee applies to LINZ for a review by the CCL.
  2. We consult with DOC, and consider whether any neighbouring land should be included in the review.
  3. The CCL decides whether to accept the invitation.
  4. We notify the lessee whether the tenure review will proceed.

Stage 2: Information gathering

  1. We conduct property inspections of the lease, and research the history of the lease.
  2. We consult with DOC on any features of significant value that may need protection.
  3. We consult with Fish & Game and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on any features of the land that may need protection.
  4. We may commission reports that describe the status and activities on the lease.
  5. We post the reports on our web site under the Crown pastoral property pages.
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Stage 3: Preliminary proposal

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

Find out about tenure review consultations currently underway

Stage 4: Substantive proposal

  1. We consider the public and iwi submissions, and report to the Minister of Conservation on which submissions will be accepted.
  2. We consult further with DOC and the lessee.
  3. We develop a substantive proposal that incorporates changes resulting from the submissions.
  4. We seek approval from the Minister for Land Information to fund the proposal.
  5. We seek approval from the CCL to present the substantive proposal to the lessee.
  6. We present the substantive proposal to the lessee, who has three months to accept the proposal.
  7. 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.

Technical reports

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: