Public Works (Offer Back of and Compensation for Acquired Land) Amendment Bill

  • defeated on 21 July 2010

Public Works (Offer Back of and Compensation for Acquired Land) Amendment Bill

Member's Bill

139—1

Explanatory note

The purpose of this Bill is to ensure that former owners of Māori or general land taken or acquired by the Crown for the purposes of a public work are given the first right of refusal to purchase that land where the Crown no longer requires it for the public work for which it was originally taken and/or acquired. The Bill also provides for solatium payments to be made for loss of land and/or opportunities associated with the use of that land where land was acquired or alienated for a public works use for which it was not actually used. Where the former owners of the land are deceased, these rights may be exercised by their descendants.

Māori land has both been taken under the Public Works Act 1981 for a specific purpose and/or purchased by the Crown for a specific purpose. In most instances land sold to the Crown for a specific purpose is only sold by Māori for that purpose and for no other. It is with that principle in mind that this Bill proposes land sold to the Crown should be offered back to the original owners and/or their descendants.

Clause 1 is the Title.

Clause 2 provides for the Bill to come into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

Clause 3 indicates that the principal Act being amended is the Public Works Act 1981.

Clause 4 explains the purpose of the Bill.

Clause 5 makes the changes required to ensure that the original owners or their successors of any land acquired for a public work are given first right of refusal on that land where it is no longer required for the public work for which it was acquired.

Clause 6 provides for solatium payments to be made for loss of land and/or opportunities associated with the use of that land where land was acquired or alienated for a public works use for which it was not actually used.

Clause 7 makes consequential amendments required to support the purpose of this Bill.


Te Ururoa Flavell

Public Works (Offer Back of and Compensation for Acquired Land) Amendment Bill

Member's Bill

139—1

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Public Works (Offer Back of and Compensation for Acquired Land) Amendment Act 2007.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act amended
  • This Act amends the Public Works Act 1981.

4 Purposes
  • The purposes of this Act are to—

    • (a) ensure that former owners of land who have been deprived of that land by the Crown for the purposes of a public work are given the first right of refusal to purchase that land where the Crown no longer requires it for the particular public work for which it was originally acquired; and

    • (b) provide for solatium payments for former owners of land deprived of their land for public works purposes for which the land was never actually used; and

    • (c) provide for the descendants of the former owners to exercise the rights set out in subsection (1) of this section, where the former owners are deceased.

5 Amendments to section 40 to enable disposal to former owner of land not required for original public work
  • (1) Section 40(1) is amended by—

    • (a) inserting the word original into paragraph (a) between that and public; and

    • (b) omitting ; and from the end of paragraph (a); and

    • (c) repealing paragraphs (b) and (c).

    (2) Section 40(2) is amended by—

    • (a) omitting Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, the and substituting The; and

    • (b) omitting , unless— from after the words or local authority; and

    • (c) repealing paragraphs (a) and (b); and

    • (d) inserting the following new paragraph after the words or to the successor of that person—:

      • (ba) At no cost where the Crown originally acquired or alienated the land for no compensation; or; and

    • (e) omitting At from the beginning of paragraph (c) and substituting Where the land was acquired for compensation, at.

    (3) Section 40(4) is amended by omitting Where from the beginning of the subsection and substituting Subject to subsections (1) and (2) of this subsection, where.

6 New section 42AA inserted
  • The following section is inserted after section 42A:

    42AA Solatium payment where land or part of land acquired or taken was not used for the public work for which it was acquired or taken
    • (1) Where any land held under this or any other Act or in any other manner for any public work has not been used for the specific public work for which it was acquired or alienated, any person or persons (being the person or persons from whom that land was acquired or alienated or the successor or successors of the person or persons from whom that land was acquired or alienated) may apply to the Land Valuation Tribunal for a solatium payment from the Crown for the loss of use and the loss of the opportunities associated with the use of that land.

      (2) When assessing the amount of a solatium payment payable under this section, the Land Valuation Tribunal will not take into account whether the land has been offered back under section 40, 41 or 42, or whether it has been purchased pursuant to such an offer. The focus of the assessment is to be the solatium payable for the loss of land and/or opportunities associated with the use of that land where land was acquired or taken for a specific public work for which it was not actually used. In assessing the amount of the solatium payment regard must be taken of the means of the former owners and the circumstances surrounding the compulsory acquisition of such land.

      (3) Every person who makes an application to the Land Valuation Tribunal under subsection (1) of this section will, as soon as practicable after making that application, serve a copy of that application on the chief executive of the department within the meaning of section 2 of the Survey Act 1986.

7 Consequential amendments
  • (1) Section 21 is amended by omitting Any from the beginning of the subsection and substituting Subject to subsections 40(1) and (2), any.

    (2) Section 105(1)(d) is amended by omitting Land from the beginning of the subsection and substituting Subject to subsections 40(1) and (2), land.

    (3) Any other consequential amendments to this or any other Act can be deemed to have been proposed should such be required to ensure that the purpose of this Act is upheld.