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The High Country Accord represents landholders who own farms with perpetual leasehold title

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26 Aug 2009

Government delivers on high country promise

New Zealand Government press release

The Government has today announced a three-prong plan for Crown Pastoral land - effective stewardship of the land, better economic use, and improved relationships with lessees and high country communities...

 12 June 2009

Costly end to failed bid for access

Otago Daily Times

Fish and Game New Zealand could be stung with a six-figure legal bill after a failed bid to get legal access to Crown pastoral lease land.

The two respondents to the High Court action instigated by Fish and Game, the High Country Accord, representing pastoral lessees, and their landlord, Land Information New Zealand (Linz), have both said they are seeking reimbursement of their costs.

The High Country Accord has said the case cost it $250,000, while Linz would not reveal its costs or how much it was seeking from the action heard by the High Court in Wellington...

16 May 2009

Minister attacks Fish and Game NZ

The Press

Agriculture Minister David Carter has accused Fish & Game New Zealand of causing high-country farmers "a lot of anxiety" by taking legal action over public access rights. Fish & Game failed in an attempt to get the High Court to determine that South Island pastoral leaseholders did not have exclusive rights to control access to their land.....

15 May 2009

High Court: Farmers' choice to allow hunting and fishing on land

National Business Review

Farmers have the right to keep fisherman and hunters off their land following a High Court decision on the issue.

Fish & Game New Zealand had taken a case to court against the Attorney General over Crown lands and the trustees of the High Country Accord Trust so the court could clarify public access issues to high country farm land for hunting and fishing.

Fish & Game wanted greater public access over high country stations, which were granted under the Land Act 1948...

15 May 2009

Judge finds in favour of farmers on high country access

The Press

Fish & Game New Zealand is weighing up whether to appeal against a legal ruling on public access to the South Island high country.

The High Court in Wellington has determined that high-country farmers have exclusive possession of pastoral-lease land, giving them the right to control access...

15 May 2009

High country farmers have rights confirmed

Press Release: High Country Accord

High country farmers are pleased with a High Court decision that confirms their rights of exclusive possession to their Crown Pastoral Leasehold properties. The judgement was handed down by Justice Simon France in Wellington yesterday.

“It’s the right answer,” says High Country Accord chairman Jonathan Wallis. “A pastoral lease is alienated Crown land which provides farmers with absolute title. It is similar in many respects to freehold title, distinguishing it from its Australian counterpart.”

14 May 2009

Fish & Game's High Court action a disaster


Federated Farmers has rightly labelled Fish & Game New Zealand's ill-fated High Court challenge a disaster.

The challenge was a failed attempt to by-pass all the work associated with walking access and it is a spiteful and damaging waste of the fishing and hunting license fee money. The High Court in Wellington yesterday dismissed Fish & Game's challenge over the rights of South Island pastoral lease holders.

"This decision brings relief for affected High Country farming families, as they now know Fish & Game members won't be entitled to walk all over them," says Donald Aubrey, Federated Farmers High Country chairman.

Both Federated Farmers and the High Country Accord played an instrumental role in the formation and development of the Walking Access Commission...

26 Mar 2009

Pastoral lessees go to court

Otago Daily Times

Pastoral lease farmers head to court today to defend their right to exclusive occupancy of much of the South Island high country.

If they lose the declaratory judgement hearing, the public will gain unimpeded access to their lands, they say.

The case is being brought by New Zealand Fish and Game Council...


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