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Property Owners

Property owners

On this page: CRL Designation Conditions, Property Purchase Programme, More information for Property Owners

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More background documents (Auckland Council District Plan modification 68-71 Operative Auckland City - Central Area Section 2005)
Submitter evidence
July 2013 Auckland Transport evidence
June 2013 hearing report
Additional information provided - Part 1
Additional information provided - Part 2


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Fortunately, much of the land required to build and operate the CRL is located below roads or on property already owned by Auckland Transport or Auckland Council.

To be able to construct the CRL, 88 surface properties and land from about 200 below ground (sub strata) were identified as required for the route as it was determined.

Land owners own that land right through to the centre of the earth. So to construct tunnels for CRL below ground, land is required to be purchased requiring a process of negotiation between AT and affected landowners.

The Public Works Act sets out the process for negotiation to acquire land, endeavouring to provide a fair and equitable outcome for property owners.


The acquisition process takes place after all required consents for the use of the land have been granted, or a designation has been provided for by the territorial authority.

After the designation of the land required to build and operate the City Rail Link (CRL) was confirmed, Auckland Council contacted all affected property owners about the designation.

Much of the land required to build and operate the CRL is located below roads or on property already owned by AT or Auckland Council. This contributes to minimising effects of the project on landowners and occupants.

Some of the surface land required is for only a period of time during construction.

On 10 November 2015, following six appeals heard in the Environment Court, the CRL designation was confirmed.

Read the CRL designation conditions (PDF 5MB)


Property purchase programme

Features of the property purchase programme:

  • Property purchase was initiated in a staged approach in July 2013 and is expected to conclude in 2018

  • Surface property purchases are complete and underground property purchases are underway

  • Partial surface acquisition and Temporary occupation agreements will be initiated in early 2018

  • CRLL will seek to buy property on a willing seller/willing buyer basis

  • If agreement cannot be reached within a reasonable time, CRLL will seek to acquire the property compulsorily under the Public Works Act.

The Public Works Act sets out processes to be followed and the basis for compensation:

  • The staged approach to acquisition means landowners should contact CRLL about the timing of instructing any advisors for advice

  • Once negotiations are initiated, landowners are advised of their rights to independent legal and valuation advice

  • Information on the Public Works Act and landowner rights is available at

More information for property owners

Read here or download

Information for Albert Street owners and residents
– November 2012 (PDF 370KB)

Landowner Presentation - Surface - July 2012 (PDF 3.7MB)

A guide for people affected by land purchase and compensation (PDF 2.36MB)

Adjacent owners briefing September 2012 (PDF 5MB)

Landowner Presentation - Sub-surface – July 2012 (PDF 4.2MB)