Lease Allows Progress on Regeneration Projects

A lease of 68 hectares of Crown-owned land will allow key regeneration projects to progress in Waimakariri. 

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is pleased to have reached an agreement with the Waimakariri District Council to lease residential red zone land.

“The lease of the land will enable the Council to continue their work on projects for the community as set out in the Recovery Plan for the district,” says LINZ Group Manager Canterbury Recovery Jeremy Barr.

“The leased area includes about 900 Crown-owned properties covering 68 hectares in Kaiapoi and The Pines Beach regeneration areas. This land will eventually be divested to the Council, and will allow for work such as surveys and infrastructure rebuild to start,” says Barr.

20170721_EastRegenZoneLINZ currently manages residential red zone properties on behalf of the Crown and supports the Recovery Plan direction to implement intended long-term uses of the residential red zone to facilitate recovery. Land use decisions will promote the wellbeing of the community, support resilience and economic growth, and be affordable and financially responsible.

“Our role is to ensure Crown land is transferred to the Council and Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust in the simplest way to ensure future uses will be implemented effectively,” Barr says. “We are working on the land divestment plan to ultimately transfer the leased land into Council ownership by mid 2018.”

David Ayers, Mayor Waimakariri, says, “This is an important step forward in our District Regeneration programme. While we have known since last Christmas that the Crown intended to transfer the former red zones to Council control, this interim measure enables us to go ahead with roading, infrastructure and community projects that will enhance not only Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki but the whole District.”

The Council will now be responsible for carrying out maintenance of the land in the regeneration areas covered by the lease.

Ministerial media statement from Hon. Nicky Wagner...

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Contact: Al Blackie, Chair, Regeneration Steering Group al.blackie@wmk.govt.nz

Duncan Roxborough, Implementation Project Manager, District Regeneration, duncan.roxborough@wmk.govt.nz ph 0800 965 468