Open space covenants
Long before the current focus on climate change and other environmental issues emerged, many indications were already pointing New Zealand in those directions.
One of the key pieces of practical legislation was the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Act of 1977. Its main stated objective was to encourage and promote the provision, protection and enhancement of open space for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of New Zealand. The role of the Trust evolved from there.
The open spaces that were to be protected, enabled the preservation of threatened aspects of our country that the Trustees deemed worthy of a lifeline. These included special historically significant spaces, animal species, plant varieties; segments of bush, land and views – all at risk.
Regional Representatives were the catalysts who sought out these spaces across the country, often dovetailing in with voluntary environmental and conservation management plans of thousands of New Zealand individuals and entities, both rural and urban.
Open Space Covenants are completed with terms and conditions set out with both the required consents and the definition surveys attached. The covenants, which run with the land in question, are either in perpetuity or for specific time periods.
Your lawyer can assist with all aspects of the process, hand in hand with those Regional Representatives of this superb Trust.