Stories / QEII National Trust - Spencer Reserve


A tranquil public recreation area, bordered by the Hikuwai River, ideal for picnics and scenic enjoyment. The site is of historic / archaeological significance and contains regenerating native riparian forest. Walking access only is available by right-of-way across adjacent private farmland - please respect the farmer's property.

What is a QEII covenant?

A QEII open space covenant is a legally binding protection agreement, which is registered on the title of the land. It is voluntary but once in place binds the current and all subsequent landowners.

 Each covenant is unique. It can apply to the whole property or just part of the property.

 There can be different management areas within a covenant with varying applicable conditions. Conditions can be stringent where rare or vulnerable natural features or habitats are being protected.

 Types of covenant agreement

Open space covenants are generally in perpetuity though there can be a case for a variable term covenant. These include:

 Kawenata, on Māori land, which recognises tino rangatiratanga; Life of the Trees where individual trees occur in a situation where they may not be self-regenerating; Landscape protection agreements where the land does not have title, such as roadside areas.

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