17 Aug 2009

Deadline for high-country appeal extended

4:27 pm on 17 August 2009

The solicitor-general's office and lawyers for Minaret Station have agreed to extend the deadline for an appeal on a high-country court case, says Land Information New Zealand.

Earlier in August, the Otago Land Valuation Tribunal ruled that amenity values should not be included when calculating how much rent the Crown should charge high-country farmers.

Though a decision on whether an appeal would be lodged was due at the end of last week, LINZ says more time is needed to examine the tribunal's decision, and it will be made next week.

But Federated Farmers has warned that an appeal would be an irresponsible use of taxpayers' money and would expose high country pastoral lease holders to an additional financial burden.

It says Minaret Station was a test case that sets a precedent for hundreds of other high country land valuation cases waiting to be processed.