12 May 2021

Issue 167

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In this edition, we feature news about:

Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 published

The Surveyor-General has signed off the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021, which are available on the New Zealand Legislation website. The go-live date has been confirmed as 30 August 2021.

We encourage you to attend the next webinar to explain the transition arrangements and the changes to the rules that will affect field work.

The session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Thursday 13 May – 9-10am

Further information and how to register for the webinars

Legal webinar on 1 June

LINZ is presenting a livestream webinar in association with the New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa’s Property Law Section (PLS) and Legal Executives New Zealand (LENZ).

Robbie Muir, Registrar-General of Land, will cover key regulatory updates for land registration, and practical hints and tips for working smarter with Landonline.

Andrea Watson, consulting solicitor to the modernising Landonline team, will give an update on the project, including recent and upcoming changes to Landonline.

The webinar will allow interactive questions and answers, and will support up to one hour of CPD for lawyers and registered legal executives.

Event details

1 June 2021 – 10-11.30am

Registration fee

  • PLS or LENZ members/associate members: $40 (GST inclusive)
  • Non-PLS or Non-LENZ members: $50 (GST inclusive)
  • Group rate (5 or more): $180 (GST inclusive)

When booking a group rate, please register all participants to ensure they receive their CPD verification.

Please RSVP by 25 May.

An in-person seminar is planned in New Plymouth on 20 October. More information about this event will be published closer to the time.

No payment by cheque after 31 May 2021

As New Zealand banks continue to phase out cheques as a payment method, Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand will no longer be able to accept cheques after 31 May 2021.

Customers lodging manual (paper) dealings will be unable to pay any lodgement fees by cheque after 31 May and will need to use another payment method. More information about the methods available will be published on our website shortly. 

Firms will also be unable to pay invoices for Landonline services by cheque. Firms who currently do so have been given information about other payment methods.

Customers requesting searches of land records which are unavailable through Public Record Search are already required to order records online and must use a credit card for payment. Payment by cheque will not be accepted by post.

Update on review of survey and title fees

We’ve finished public consultation on proposed new survey and title fees and we’re grateful for the feedback we received. The next steps are to take final fee proposals to Cabinet and to draft any new fees regulations. We intend to announce fee decisions in mid-June and have any new survey and title fees in place on 1 November 2021.

LINZ.govt.nz satisfaction survey

We are upgrading the LINZ.govt.nz website and would appreciate your feedback.

Please complete this 5 minute survey to let us know what you think of the current website.

Your feedback will help us make the upgraded website a useful digital tool and improve customer experience.

Leading with Toitū Te Whenua

Land Information New Zealand now leads with its te reo Māori name, Toitū Te Whenua, followed by Land Information New Zealand. Our logo has switched emphasis to Toitū Te Whenua, with Land Information New Zealand in a smaller font size.

For many years we have had dual English and te reo names, and the change reflects our deepening commitment to our partnership with Māori.

Toitū Te Whenua means the land remains. It comes from our whakataukī:

Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua.

This translates as people come and go but the land remains. The name Toitū Te Whenua is a reminder that the land and our responsibility to care for it is enduring.

We have taken a low-cost, sustainable approach to the change by phasing in our updated logo on signs, documents and other collateral only when essential, and our current logo and our English name remain valid.

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