Dated at Wellington this 27th day of February 2017.
This note is not part of the rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
Cadastral rules are needed to specify requirements for surveyors when they undertake cadastral surveys under the Act. The rules specify the Surveyor-General’s standards for how the spatial extent of interests must be defined and described.
New rule 20 (Cadastral survey rules for greater Christchurch) modifies and adds to the principal rules. The aim of new rule 20 is to include all the unique requirements that apply to the conduct of cadastral surveys and cadastral survey datasets in greater Christchurch.
New rule 20.1 defines terms used in new rule 20. New terms include affected boundary and earthquake movement. The definitions of the terms disturbed and reinstated in the principal rules have been modified for the purposes of this rule.
New rule 20.2 provides that rule 18 (Boundaries affected by ground movement) does not apply to a cadastral survey in greater Christchurch. To comply with the Act, surveyors must consider the sum of all earthquake-induced land movement when locating boundaries, not just deep-seated movement.
New rule 20.3 requires existing affected boundaries to be redefined when urban and small rural parcels are being created. This is to provide certainty about boundary location to landowners where their land use is likely to be intensive or where they are likely to need accurately defined boundaries.
New rule 20.4 requires redefined affected boundaries to be referenced in a comprehensive manner. This ensures surveyors will be able to accurately relocate the redefined boundaries in the future. The reduced referencing requirements in the current rules that apply to some boundary marking surveys cannot be used.
New rule 20.5 ensures the important information about occupation and physical features used as evidence to locate an affected boundary is recorded in a diagram.
New rule 20.6 requires the redefinition of underlying parcel boundaries where they are coincident with or intersected by new non-primary parcel boundaries. The rule also sets out additional requirements for new unit title or cross lease developments. This provides certainty about the relationship between new boundaries and underlying parcel boundaries where there is intensive land use and occupation. There are also provisions for recording redefined underlying boundaries.
New rule 20.7 provides that, when an affected boundary of a primary parcel is redefined, the boundary must be marked on the ground so that landowners can readily identify its location.
New rule 20.8 allows a surveyor to remove, or drive below ground, an old boundary mark that no longer marks a boundary. This ensures that landowners are not misled about the correct location of a boundary. The rule also specifies information the surveyor must include in their cadastral survey dataset to record this action.
New rule 20.9 enables an existing irregular boundary that follows the centreline of a water body to be retained.
New rule 20.10 provides for correction of the pre-quake level of a stratum boundary as recorded in the cadastre.
Date of notification in Gazette: 2 March 2017.
These rules are administered by Land Information New Zealand.