Land Information New Zealand

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 2016/17
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Andrew Crisp,
    Chief Executive
Child agencies

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.[2]

The New Zealand Geographic Board secretariat is part of LINZ and provides the Board with administrative and research assistance and advice.[3]

Nature and scope of functions

LINZ’s purpose is to:

LINZ has three core roles:

Transaction management

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

Information management

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.[4]

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.

Land management

LINZ manages almost three million hectares of Crown land, which is around 8% of New Zealand’s land area.[5] 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:

Statutory positions

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

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

See also


  1. "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". 2016 Budget. The Treasury.
  2. "Ministerial List". DPMC. 14 December 2015.
  3. "NZGB members". Land Information New Zealand. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  5. "LINZ's Crown Property Role". LINZ. Retrieved 5 February 2011.

External links

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