Land Information New Zealand
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Toitū te whenua
|Headquarters||Radio New Zealand House, 155 The Terrace, Wellington
|Minister responsible||Michael Woodhouse, 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, in Māori: Toitū te whenua) is a New Zealand government agency. The current Chief Executive is Peter Mersi and the current Minister of Land Information is Michael Woodhouse. LINZ is responsible for land titles, geodetic and cadastral survey systems, topographic information, hydrographic information, managing Crown property and a variety of other functions.
Nature and scope of functions
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.
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.
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.
LINZ manages almost three million hectares of Crown land, which is around 8% of New Zealand’s land area. 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.
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
In addition, LINZ has special responsibilities relating to land transactions under more than 50 other statutes.
- "LINZ's Crown Property Role". LINZ. Retrieved 5 February 2011.