Land Information New Zealand
Radio New Zealand House,|
155 The Terrace,
Total budget for 2016/17
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.
The current Minister for Land Information (formerly the Minister of Survey and Land Information) is Louise Upston.
The New Zealand Geographic Board secretariat is part of LINZ and provides the Board with administrative and research assistance and advice.
Nature and scope of functions
LINZ’s purpose is to:
- maintain and build confidence in property rights in land, geographic and hydrographic information, and
- encourage land information markets to develop and mature.
LINZ has 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 and hydrographic 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.
Beyond defining property rights, LINZ provides databases for New Zealand survey, mapping, hydrographic and property activities. The organisation's geographic information serves a variety of purposes, ranging from supporting essential services such as national security, and emergency service responses, to defining electoral boundaries, and enabling commercial applications. It also assists with local and national government planning and management. LINZ is also the organisation responsible for the surveying and production of all official maritime sea charts and Notices to Mariners covering New Zealand waters and certain areas of Antarctica and the South-West Pacific.
Through the Landonline system, LINZ provides property professionals with online access to New Zealand's title register - the national database of property ownership - and New Zealand's 'cadastre' - the official record of land boundary surveys. Landonline is used by surveyors, lawyers, conveyancers and other professionals to securely search, lodge and update title dealings and survey data, digitally, in real time.
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, LINZ aims to protect New Zealanders’ interests by putting this land to best use. Functions include:
- the acquisition, management and disposal of Crown land for which LINZ is responsible
- the management of liabilities arising in relation to Crown land for which LINZ is 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.