Thursday, August 11, 2022

LINZ seeks feedback on proposed new regulations

Neal Wallace
The policy change has altered the relationship between those continuing as pastoral lessees and their landlord, Land Information NZ .
As a requirement of the act, LINZ staff are making more regular inspections of pastoral lessees. File photo

Seven pastoral leases remain in the tenure review process following the May 18 introduction of the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Act.

The act ended tenure review, a system whereby pastoral lessees can freehold productive land in return for surrendering land of conservation value, but these seven were already in the process and will allowed to complete it.

In its latest newsletter, LINZ Head of Crown Property Sonya Wikitera said implementing those tenure reviews will take some time.

The policy change has also altered the relationship between those continuing as pastoral lessees and their landlord, Land Information NZ (LINZ).

As a requirement of the act, LINZ staff are making more regular inspections of pastoral lessees. In the past two years 220 visits have been made to 144 properties.

Wikitera said as a further requirement of the act, LINZ is seeking feedback on proposed new regulations and standards.

These include outlining the information required for consent applications or what the Commissioner of Crown Lands (CCL) must consider in deciding the level of adverse effects of a pastoral activity on inherent values, and any infringements.

LINZ is also seeking input on two proposed new standards.

These include a standard for the CCL when accessing applications for easements, transfers or subleases of pastoral land.

The final standard relates to what is required of LINZ management when considering applications for discretionary pastoral activities, commercial recreation permits and stock exemptions. 

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