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How effectively does it work? A report on a survey of the Reserves Act 1977

November 03, 2016

Contacts

Partners Michael Wood, Nick Wilson
Special Counsel Duncan Laing
Consultants Phillip Merfield
Senior Associates Donna Hurley

Local government

As part of our partnership with the Local Authority Property Association (LAPA), and to coincide with this month's LAPA conference being held in Tauranga, Simpson Grierson has prepared a report, 'How effectively does it work? Report on a survey of the Reserves Act 1977'.

Partner Michael Wood says the Reserves Act (RA) is an important piece of legislation that governs the preservation and management of New Zealand areas for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

Simpson Grierson conducted the survey to gauge the views of local government personnel as to whether the Act functions effectively, or needs to be reformed.

The overall response is that the RA is not totally effective in enabling local authorities to administer land held for public and community purposes.  Respondents consider that leasing powers, management plan provisions, classification provisions, and reserve revocation provisions should be simplified and clarified, and that local authorities should be enabled to exercise their normal delegation powers.

The report draws on 37 responses from local government staff around the country, and was carried out in September 2016. The report is attached.