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.

This article relates to recording information for primary parcels in a CSD, including Māori land parcels, balance primary parcels, residue parcels and abutting road, railway and water parcels.

Primary parcels are the foundation on which the cadastre and individual ownership rights are built. It is essential that their location and extent is recorded unambiguously in the cadastre and on land title records.

Recording Māori land appellations on CSD diagrams

A Diagram of Survey and Diagram of Parcels must include the appellation of each new parcel [r 9.6.3(d) and r 10.4.2(d)(ii)].  The appellation may be abbreviated providing it is unique.  An example is 'Tumu A7 ML 417582' depicted on the diagram as 'Tumu A7'.

Refer to Parcel appellation for Māori land

Recording balance primary parcels

Depiction of balance primary parcel not required on CSD diagrams

A Diagram of Survey and Diagram of Parcels are not required to depict a balance parcel [r 9.6.3(a) and r 10.4.2(a)] although the parcel is required to be included in the CSD.

Refer to Balance primary parcel

Dimensions not required on CSD diagrams if balance primary parcel is depicted

If a surveyor chooses to depict a balance primary parcel on either a Diagram of Survey or Diagram of Parcels, the boundary vectors for those accepted boundaries not common with a new parcel are not required to be depicted [r 9.6.14(b)(iii) and r 10.4.9(a)(iii)]. 

Recording residue parcels

A Diagram of Survey and Diagram of Parcels must depict the extent of all residue parcels [r 9.6.3(a) and r 10.4.2(a)].

Refer to Residue parcels

One type of residue parcel can result where the head title is limited as to parcels and the limitation is being uplifted with part of the documentary title being unclaimed, as shown below.

Figure 1: Example of a residue parcel

Boundary dimensions not required on CSD diagrams for accepted boundaries of residue parcel

The boundary vectors for accepted boundaries not common with a new parcel are not required to be depicted [r 9.6.14(b)(iii) and r 10.4.9(a)(iii)].

Figure 2: Accepted boundaries on a residue parcel

Appellation of residue parcel required on CSD diagrams

A Diagram of Survey and Diagram of Parcels must include the appellation of each residue parcel where an appellation is required by rule 5.5.1(b)(iii) [r 9.6.3(d) and r 10.4.2(d)(ii)].

In specified cases where the existing appellation must have the prefix 'Part' [r 5.5.1(b)(iii)], it may be abbreviated providing it is unique.  An example is 'Part Lot 5 DP 746' depicted in Figure 2 above as 'Pt 5'.

Recording road, rail, and water body names and descriptions

A Diagram of Survey and Diagram of Parcels must depict the name of any road, railway, or water body where it abuts a new parcel.  Examples are 'Lawford Road', 'NIMT Railway', and 'Whanganui River'.

If no name is available for the road, railway, or water body, then a description must be used [r 9.6.3(h)(iv) and r 10.4.2(f)(iv)].  Examples include river, stream, lake, railway, and road.

Last Updated: 7 April 2017
Authority: Surveyor-General - Section 7(1)(ga) of the Cadastral Survey Act 2002
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