Regulations and standard to better manage Crown pastoral land

New regulations and a new standard come into force in November 2022 to improve how we administer Crown pastoral land in the South Island high country.

In mid-2022 we consulted on proposed new regulations and standards to support the implementation of reforms to the Crown Pastoral Land Act. The new legislation will improve how we administer 1.2 million hectares of Crown pastoral land in the South Island high country.

Consultation on proposed regulations and standards to better manage Crown pastoral land

After careful consideration of the feedback we received, we will be proceeding with new regulations and one new standard. 

The regulations

The new regulation covers the information we need when:

  • leaseholders apply for consent to carry out a discretionary pastoral activity or stock limitation exemption
  • leaseholders and others apply for a commercial recreation permit
  • enforceable undertaking agreements are made between leaseholders and the Crown to mitigate or resolve a breach.

New infringement fees and notices are also included in these regulations.

We expect the regulations will be finalised by Parliament early 2023. 

The standard

A standard to support the Commissioner of Crown Lands in assessing applications for easements, transfers and subleases affecting Crown pastoral land will come into effect when gazetted in November 2022.