INDEPENDENT NEWS

Government to end tenure review

Published: Thu 14 Feb 2019 02:32 PM
Hon Eugenie Sage
Minister for Land Information
Minita mō Toitū Te Whenua
14 February 2018
PĀNUI PĀPĀHO
MEDIA STATEMENT
The Government will end tenure review in the South Island high country, Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.
Tenure review is a voluntary process where Crown pastoral land can be sold to a leaseholder and areas with high ecological and recreational value can be returned to full Crown ownership as conservation land.
“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage.
“Tenure review has produced a mixed bag and has been criticised for a long time. It’s not clear that the taxpayer has always got value for money.
“We want to ensure that we are good stewards of the remaining 1.2 million hectares of pastoral lease land; that farmers can farm while safeguarding the high country’s landscape, biodiversity, social, economic and cultural values for present and future generations.”
With tenure review ending, the remaining Crown pastoral lease properties, currently 171 covering 1.2 million ha of Crown pastoral land, will continue to be managed under the regulatory system for Crown pastoral lands.
An announcement about the future of Crown pastoral land management will be made on Sunday.
Ending tenure review will involve law changes to the Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998.
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on the school climate strike
By: Gordon Campbell
Latest OIA statistics released
By: State Services Commission
New legal action taken against 'Hit and Run' inquiry
By: RNZ
Mokihinui River catchment land to be added to Kahurangi
By: New Zealand Government
An Open Letter from the Youth of Aotearoa
By: SchoolStrike
We're striking and we're doing it right!
By: School strike 4 climate
Wairarapa college students will join international protest
By: Carys Gibbs
Christchurch students to join global Climate Strike
By: SchoolStrike
Climate change protest on school day divides MPs
By: RNZ
Principals seek guidance over students climate strike
By: RNZ
The Nation: National Party leader Simon Bridges
By: The Nation
Student climate change strike gets backing from Gov Minister
By: TVNZ
Gradual transition to sustainable agriculture key - O'Connor
By: BusinessDesk
Renewable power climbs in 2018 despite increased coal burn
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media