Reserves Act 1977

The Reserves Act 1977 is the main piece of legislation that governs the administration of public reserves. Under the Reserves Act Council is a reserve administering body and is responsible for managing the reserves under its control. This includes ensuring the classification of each reserve is consistent with the purpose of that reserve.

Under Section 24 of the Reserves Act, Council is required to publicly notify the proposed change of reserve classification and allow persons claiming to be affected by the proposal an opportunity to make submissions in writing. Council is then required to consider all submissions as soon as practicable. If, having considered the submissions, Council choose to proceed with the proposal, the change of classification will be notified in the NZ Gazette.

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