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Land exchange at Manawatū Golf Club

You've got until 4pm on Friday 8 November to have your say on this proposal.

What are we proposing?

Palmerston City Council has been working for many years to provide the bridle track shared pathway along the Manawatū River for the benefit of the community. There is a portion of the shared path that is currently used by the public but is not technically owned by the Council. This land can be seen marked as “accretion” in the aerial below.

It was also recently discovered that the Manawatū Golf Club’s 16th tee is technically on reserve land owned by the Council. This land is in yellow on the aerial below.

Council is therefore proposing to swap part of the bridle track land for the land on which the 16th tee currently sits. Council will also work with the golf club to purchase the additional land so that the entire section of the shared path is in public ownership.

Over the years the river has shifted and the property boundaries have remained the same. This is why so much land is in “accretion”.

What is accretion?

Accretion is described by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) in the following way:

Accretion occurs where a property is bounded by water, has a moveable boundary, and land is added to the property due to gradual and imperceptible changes in the position of the water boundary. The owner may then apply to have the title adjusted to reflect the current position of the water boundary.

Accretion land can be taken back into ownership, but only by the owner of the land that borders it. Council intends to buy the border land owned by Manawatū Golf Club, and apply for the accretion land. Applications are made to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

The aerial below shows the land for purchase in orange. The further land, which is accretion land, will come into Council ownership once the border land is purchased, an application is lodged to claim the accretion, and that application is successful.

Photo shows map marked with council land, golf club land, and the land being exchanged.

The golf club's 16th tee is on Council land, marked in yellow. The land for purchase is in orange.

What are the benefits?

  1. We swap approximately 800m2 of land for approximately 1,200m2 of land. So it will give us approximately 400m2 of additional reserve land at the Manawatū River Park and approximately 12.2 hectares of open space and forest once Council has claimed the accretion.
  2. We will remove any risk associated with not owning this highly significant portion of the shared pathway.

Why are we telling you this?

Under the Reserves Act 1977, Council is required to publicly notify the public and those potentially affected by the land exchange, to receive any objections (or positive feedback) and to provide the opportunity for those with objections to be heard by the Council.

Those making a submission or objection should do so in writing and specify whether they wish to appear before and be heard by a Council committee in support of their submission or objection. Please email

Alternatively, you can write to us.

Palmerston North City Council
Attention: Team Leader Governance and Legal
Private Bag 11034
Palmerston North