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    A study of current New Zealand case law, legislation and policies relating to rights in property, boundary law and title to land (both freehold and Māori customary), particularly as they relate to surveyors and planners.

    SURV 306 provides exposure to a wide range of land and property law issues, with a strong focus on the analysis of case law arising from real disputes between land holders, boundary issues and property rights. These are the types of disputes often highlighted in "Neighbours from Hell" type programmes and for which professional surveyors regularly are called upon to mediate.

    About this paper

    Paper title Land Tenure 2
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0.1334
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,206.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (SURV 206 or SURV 216) or 216 points
    SURV 316
    Schedule C
    SURV 306 expects a high standard of written and oral presentation communication as is expected of a professional surveyor.

    Dr Francesca Marzatico

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Francesca Marzatico

    Paper Structure


    • Property theory
    • Common law rights to land, water and the sea
    • Principles of the land transfer act and indefeasibility
    • Remedies in the Property Law Act, rights and restrictions in other legislation
    • Effects of other land related legislation


    • 60% internal
    • 40% external

    Note: A minimum mark of 40% in the final exam is required to pass this paper.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Up to three lectures and one tutorial session per week.

    The lectures introduce land legislation, and the tutorials focus on land disputes resolved in the courts.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    The goals of the paper are to:

    • Provide students with an understanding of rights in real property
    • Provide students with an understanding of the law relating to lands held under Māori, Crown and Land Transfer legislation
    • Provide students with an understanding of the concepts of indefeasibility of title
    • Provide students with an understanding of water boundaries and reserves against water boundaries
    • Investigate current issues of access to land, rivers and seabed
    • Expose students to case law relevant to rights in land
    • Introduce the range of legislation affecting rights in land


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    A4 Thursday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
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