Section 21 of the Land Transfer Act 2017 authorises the Registrar-General of Land to make alterations to correct errors in the Register in limited circumstances. Care must be taken to only exercise this discretionary alterations power in appropriate cases.
This guideline is to assist individuals and practitioners:
- understand the circumstances and limitations on Toitū Te Whenua staff with delegated authority to alter the Register to make alterations;
- understand how that alterations process:
- is transparent, fair, and procedurally sound;
- does not override or adversely affect the rights of registered owners or interest holders; and
- ensures the methods of alteration are applied consistently and appropriately.
- be made aware of their responsibilities when an error to which section 21(1)(b) of the Act applies is made.