Marginal strips are strips of land adjoining the coast, lakes larger than eight hectares in area, and rivers greater than three metres in width. Marginal strips are administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Since 1990, marginal strips have been created under Part 4A of the Conservation Act 1987 and are deemed to be created automatically on disposal of Crown land. They always adjoin the relevant water margin; i.e. they move with any movement in the water margin. Many of those created between April 1990 and June 2007 have not been surveyed, so their existence may need to be investigated. Generally, Land Information NZ (LINZ) data does not show these marginal strips so they will not appear in the Commission’s mapping system.
Marginal strips created after July 2007 have been surveyed and will appear in the mapping system.
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