Post by Jim Practical on Jan 19, 2018 22:35:01 GMT
The following link is an overview of the LINZ led "High Country Tenure Review" process, whereby leasehold land (predominantly in the South Island high country) is reviewed and portions freeholded (sold to the lessee) and other portions retired as conservation land (or otherwise protected by creation of scenic reserves or by way of conservation covenants). Public access rights-of-way are also created. Stuff 20-Jan-2018
Is this just a flashy opinionated and biased point of view?
- OK is does include a summary of the process from the leaseholders (and High Country Accord group) perspective.
Is this just a pretty re-hash of Dr Anne Brower's crusade against the tenure review process?
Is this just a case of sour grapes by "townies" who do not understand the value of the hard graft of (often) generations of high country farmers who have devoted their lives to working this challenging landscape, and therefore could/should finally receive some financial benefit from that commitment?
Welcome Jim. From my point of view (I have had some involvement with 11 tenure reviews, as well as various other work on high country pastoral leases) I agree with the sentiment that "townies" often "...do not understand the value of the hard graft of (often) generations of high country farmers who have devoted their lives to working this challenging landscape...".
That said, I felt like the article stated both sides of the argument in a well-reasoned manner. It seems to me that there are so many intangibles involved that whether you think the tenure review is a 'good' or 'bad' thing is really an emotive argument.
One point that I think often gets missed is that local authorities need to be onto the fact that this land is becoming freehold. A particularly egregious example from the past was Mackenzie District, whose planning regime completely failed to incorporate the large tracts of freehold land that 'suddenly' appeared in their rohe in the early 00s. This became headline news with the Richmond Tenure Review in 2006. Fortunately they have since upped their game.
Mark Geddes, Brent George and Craig McInnes (all of whom have been involved in the TR process) are posters on this board and hopefully will chip in with their views.
I always find these dramatic reports interesting these days - whether it be on-line, in the paper, or on the airwaves. The same disciple's of the "anti-tenure review" crusade seem to pop-up every now and again....
Other than the point that there are often many angles to these complex processes and issues (and notwithstanding that sometimes the facts get in the way of a good story!) in my experience the tenure review process provides the opportunity for all parties - including the public - to contribute to the outcome for a particular lease/high country station.
I understand from other users of the high country landscape, that their main issue post-tenure review is the lack of access, or severely restricted access to areas that are now part of the Conservation Estate. I understood that the process was intended to open up access over freehold land to the more remote land retained by the Crown, and provide proper management controls and protections (by way of covenants etc) for land retained by the lessee come freeholder.
If this is not actually the case, then the process would appear to have been not robust enough.
...And then the other issue relates to the vast tracts of high country now retired being part of the vast Conservation Estate which cannot be properly managed/maintained/controlled/protected by the limited DoC resources..... but that is another political matter!
This is a second "blow" (depending on your perspective) to high country farmers who are currently leasing Crown Pastoral land. It appears that more reports and expert analysis and consultancy will resolve all of the environmental issues related to this type of farming....
The advice provided to the Minister for Land Information on options for ending tenure review, and proposed changes to how Crown pastoral land is regulated has been released by LINZ. Some interesting reading if you have the time and inclination...
A host of concerns about the tenure review process have been revealed in detailed advice to the Land Information Minister. Tenure review is a voluntary process that was designed to allow crown pastoral land to be sold to a leaseholder in return for other areas of high ecological or recreational value being set aside for conservation.
Since the government 's announcement to scrap it in February, in one of the biggest high country shake-ups in 40 years, Eugenie Sage has given little detail of what a replacement might look like, or whether one is needed. But now wide-ranging analysis prepared by Land Information New Zealand for Minister Sage has revealed the potential decline of the Mackenzie Basin as a key reason for ending the process. But many questions still remain.....
LINZ have reported on their website that over 3000 submissions have been received in response to the proposals to improve the management of Crown pastoral land in the South Island high country - LINZ - 17-April-2019
A summary of all submissions will be released in May.