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Issue 171

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Survey and title transactions waiting times

Thank you for your support as we deliver survey and title transactions within the current COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions.

Prior to the current Alert Level restrictions, we were aware our customers were experiencing longer than expected waiting times to have survey and title transactions processed. We want to reassure you that we understand the effect delays can have on our customers and their clients.

Continuing fluctuations in our workload as Alert Levels change, along with changes in where our staff are working from, may contribute to existing delays. Our staff are working as quickly and as safely as possible within the Government’s guidelines and we ask for your patience and understanding.

We will continue to monitor and respond to the situation over the coming weeks as we work to improve services. We’ll also share our news and updates through Landwrap and on our Landonline page.

Waiting times for survey and title transactions update


Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 now in effect

The Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 (CSR 2021) came into effect on Monday 30 August 2021 which coincided with Landonline release 3.24 to support the new Rules.

There will be no resubmission fee for any cadastral survey dataset (CSD) certified in terms of the CSR 2021.  The resubmission fee will continue to apply for CSDs certified in terms of the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010.

If you missed any of our webinars on changes to the Rules and Landonline they can be viewed online.

We have developed webinars and a Rules clarification page where you can find information and resolution to issues identified when implementing the new rules.

Cadastral Survey Rules 2021

Webinars on changes to the Rules and Landonline

Rules clarification

Lodgement Standard

The Lodgement Standard will be reviewed to reflect changes brought about by the CSR 2021 after a bedding-in period for the new Rules and improvements to Landonline.  Until the new standard comes into force, the existing Lodgement Standard will continue to apply. 

Information on the Lodgement Standard

Further information including Landonline release notes and cadastral survey guidelines

Amendments to guidelines for authority and identity requirements and electronic signing of documents

We have amended the Registrar-General of Land Authority and Identity Requirements and Electronic Signing of Documents Interim Guideline 2020 – LINZ OP G01247 and the Authority and Identity Requirements for E-Dealing Guideline 2018 – LINZG20775

LINZ OP G01247 has changed to allow practitioners to rely on expired photograph identification (photo IDs) provided that they can identify their client from the photo. For example, if the photo ID is damaged or the photo is outdated and the client can’t be identified from it, the practitioner shouldn’t rely on it.

LINZG20775 has been amended to reflect technical and editorial changes which clarify existing requirements. For example, one key change clarifies that a conveyancing practitioner is a suitable delegate to verify identity.  To reflect this, the word “lawyer” has been replaced by the defined term “Practitioner” in sections and 4.6, and part 3A of Table 1 in section 5.

Summary of other key changes:




Amended “citing” to “sighting”


Removed a publishing note

s3.1.3 and s3.1.5

Included “or trusted colleague” where appropriate


In the example re: checking the historic view, amended “transferee” to “transferor”


Amended to clarify that a file note is only necessary when using a delegate using equally effective means (as per 3A and 3B of Table 1)


Amended the reference to “4.8” in the last para to read “4.7(a) to (c) above”

You can read the amended guidelines on our website:

Consultation on Long-term Insights Briefing opens September

We’ve joined with Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation to open consultation on our joint Long-term Insights Briefing which is planned for late September.

This will be your chance to give us your thoughts on what opportunities we should consider and help shape the scope of the Long-term Insights Briefing.

Long-term Insights Briefings are designed to explore the medium and long-term trends, risks and opportunities facing Aotearoa New Zealand and potential options for responding to them. They aim to stimulate public debate on these issues and inform future decision making through the analysis and information they produce.

If you would like to be alerted when the consultation opens, please email The consultation will also be on our consultation page.

Long-term Insights Briefing


Other Long-term Insights Briefings coming soon

The Ministry for the Environment is proposing to produce a Long-term Insights Briefing on Our connection to the land: exploring the impacts our activities have on the future wellbeing of the environment and ourselves.

Consultation on the scope of the topic will be launching in the coming weeks. The latest reports on the current state of our environment can be found at Publications | Ministry for the Environment.

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