Note: this guideline is issued by the Surveyor-General under section 7(1)(ga) of the Cadastral Survey Act 2002 about the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 and is not legally binding.

The following information relates to the recording of a water body and its boundaries in a CSD where the water body is intended to be excluded from a new title.

A previously undefined watercourse in an existing primary parcel must not be included in lots on a new subdivision, where it is the intention that a new title will not issue for that watercourse.  An example is when the subdivision uses the stream banks as the boundary between new parcels and the territorial authority does not require the streambed to vest under s 237A of the Resource Management Act 1991.

The Diagram of Survey and Diagram of Parcels must depict the:

  • new water boundaries as irregular lines at a scale that clearly shows their true shape and relationship to other boundaries [r 9.6.7(a)(i) and r 10.4.5(a)].
  • watercourse as a residue parcel.  This residue parcel must not have an appellation but must show its name or a description [r 9.6.3(h)(iv) and r 10.4.2(f)(iv)].  Where the water course is unnamed, examples of a suitable description include stream, river, and lake.  An area is not required [r 5.3].

The residue parcel will have the parcel intent hydro.

A parcel of stream bed should not be given an appellation (eg Lot 3) unless it is intended to vest the bed or have a title issued.

The survey report must confirm the intention to exclude the bed from any new title to be issued [r 8.2(a)(i)].

Note: the above illustrates one method of dealing with stream beds. Different requirements will apply where alternative methods, such as including the stream within one of the new parcels, have been used.

Diagram showing a stream being a residue parcel
Figure 1: A stream being a residue parcel
Last Updated: 31 March 2017
Authority: Surveyor-General - Section 7(1)(ga) of the Cadastral Survey Act 2002
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