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Assessing visual values (PDF 304 KB)

Landowners increasingly want to protect visual landscape values in open space covenants. These QEII guidelines assist in assessing and managing these values.


Biodiversity Strategy - Protecting our Places brochure (PDF 1.88 MB)

Introducing the national priorities for protecting rare and threatened native biodiversity on private land

The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy has brought particular focus for the need to protect a wide range of threatened indigenous habitat on private land. A Statement of National Priorities was developed (by DOC and MfE) in 2007 to guide decision-making around biodiversity protection on private land.  Four national priorities in the statement identify the types of ecosystems and habitats most in need of protection. Download a copy of  Protecting our Places brochure.


Board Director Election Rules


Covenant document template

for a guide on typical content in a covenant document agreement.


Operating Principles on the Use of Covenants in Tenure Review (PDF 1.5 MB)

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the QEII National Trust (QEII) have agreed on a set of operating principles on the use of covenants in tenure review.

Download Operating principles on the use of covenants in tenure review - March 2010


QEII Covenants and Local Government Rates (PDF 61 KB)

QEII Covenants and Local Government Rates - Best Practice Recommendation May 2008


South Island High Country Policy Statement (PDF 75 KB)

QEII South Island High Country Policy Statement 2003


Specifications for QEII Open Space Covenant Surveys (PDF 54 KB)

Cadastral Survey Requirements for QEII Open Space Covenants as at 17 June 2010

Download Specifications for QEII Open Space Covenant Surveys A Ruling and associated Guide is available on the Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) website:

Interim ruling on survey requirements for open space covenants - LINZR65308

Interpretation guide to Interim ruling on survey requirements for open space covenants - LINZG65701

At this stage LINZ have published both as interim documents.

Template letter - tree trim notices

This template letter can be used to write to your electricity company if a trim notice has been issued to you that affects trees that have been protected by an Open Space covenant.

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