Te tiakitanga ā-ture i te whenua
Legal protection of land
Want to legally protect a significant ecological area?
If you are planning to do conservation work on your property, consider some form of legal protection to protect your work in perpetuity. This will ensure that your conservation achievements continue, regardless of who owns the land in the future.
With 30 per cent of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland's remaining native vegetation found on private land, the most effective tools for ensuring these biodiversity values are protected into the future are:
- legal protection through a private land covenant;
- gifting land to a public agency or non-governmental organisation; and
- creating a binding land management agreement with the Auckland Council or the Department of Conservation.
See our Guide to the legal protection of land.
Start with these resources
Protecting your land
The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust partners with landowners to protect special places on private land for the benefit of present and future generations.
Voluntary protection of natural areas on private land
An outline of what you can do to help protect biodiversity on your property through a range of legal and funding options.
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Leave a gift in your will
Provides examples of useful and accurate wording to provide your solicitor or financial adviser.
Covenants to protect the natural environment
Find out what a covenant is and how to protect biodiversity on your property through a range of legal and funding options.
Native Forest Restoration Trust
A trust that owns and manages over 7000 hectares of now protected reserves. The trust purchases significant ecological areas to ensure they are protected into the future.
Legally protected conservation land snapshot
A Ministry for the Environment 2010 summary on land legally protected for conservation purposes in New Zealand.