Land Information New Zealand

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Land Information New Zealand
Toitū Te Whenua
Agency overview
Formed 1996
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Radio New Zealand House,
155 The Terrace,
Annual budget Vote Lands
Total budget for 2014/15
Minister responsible Hon Louise Upston
- Minister for Land Information
Agency executive Peter Mersi
- Chief Executive
Child agencies New Zealand Geospatial Office
Overseas Investment Office
New Zealand Geographic Board

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) (Māori: Toitū Te Whenua) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with geographical information and surveying functions as well as handling land titles, and managing Crown land and property.

Nature and scope of functions[edit]

LINZ’s purpose is to:

  • maintain and build confidence in property rights in land and geographic information, and
  • encourage land information markets to develop and mature.

LINZ carries out three core roles:

  • transaction management – maintaining and operating the regulatory framework and systems for rights and transactions involving land
  • information management – generating, collecting, compiling, and providing geographic information, and information relating to property rights and transactions, and
  • land management – administering a range of Crown-owned lands for the benefit of the New Zealand public.

Transaction management[edit]

LINZ oversees the regulatory framework and systems for defining, and dealing in, property rights in land. Functions include:

  • maintaining and improving regulatory frameworks used to define and transact land
  • administering the process by which land is transferred, including creating new titles, and recording changes of ownership and interests in land
  • providing a secure environment for buying, selling and subdividing land through guaranteed titles for property dealings, and an accurate system of land boundary definition
  • providing a nationally consistent valuation system for rating purposes, and
  • administering New Zealand’s inbound investment regime under the Overseas Investment Act 2005.

Information management[edit]

An effective system of property rights depends on having authoritative land information that gives property rights meaning ‘on the ground’.

Beyond defining property rights, geographic information serves a wide range of purposes, ranging from essential services such as national security, and emergency service responses, to defining electoral boundaries, and for commercial applications. This information is increasingly being used by sectors, organisations and individuals to plan and run their businesses, as well as provide products and services. It also has significant potential to assist local and national government planning and management. Functions include:

  • ensuring New Zealand has high-quality databases for its survey, mapping, hydrographic and property activities, and
  • working across the wider land information sector to ensure useful geospatial information of many different kinds is readily available to support innovative use of this information by others.

Land management[edit]

LINZ manages almost three million hectares of Crown land, which is around 8% of New Zealand’s land area.[2] This includes 1.6 million hectares of high country pastoral land in the South Island, Crown forest land in the North Island, approximately 4,000 properties, and river and lake beds. In managing Crown land effectively and efficiently, LINZ aims to protect New Zealanders’ interests by ensuring this land is put to best use. Functions include:

  • the acquisition, management and disposal of Crown land for which we are responsible
  • the management of liabilities arising in relation to Crown land for which we are responsible, and
  • the framework for disposal of Crown lands by other government agencies.

Statutory positions[edit]

In carrying out these functions, LINZ has a number of statutory officers with specific functions under the various Acts LINZ administer – these are:

  • Commissioner of Crown Lands
  • Registrar-General of Land
  • Surveyor-General, and
  • Valuer-General.

In addition, LINZ has special responsibilities relating to land transactions under more than 50 other statutes.

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