Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has released some information on the current state of development of the online system which will replace Landonline.
The Advance Survey and Titles Services (ASaTS) system has the objective of streamlining property transactions and making it easier to link property information held across central and local government.
LINZ says it plans to have ASaTS in place by 2021. Planning began in 2013 when an Indicative Business Case was approved by Cabinet in November. Cabinet improved a Detailed Business Case on the preferred option in November 2015, and this year Cabinet has approved an "as a service" approach for delivery.
LINZ says it is now working through procurement processes to find a vendor to deliver the system
The "as a service" model means that instead of paying a vendor to build a system that LINZ then owns, it will select a vendor that can deliver a suitable system that it pays to use - similar to renting. LINZ will still own property data.
Land Information Minister Louise Upston says the current Landonline system is aging and in need of replacement.
"Improvements will include an online search so property buyers can get title information without specialist help. It'll be a more interactive system for surveyors and conveyancers. They'll be able to plug their own software into the system to reduce rework, use it on tablets and mobiles, and represent property boundaries in 3D," she says.
"It will also give us the ability to link property information held across central and local government, like ratings valuations and titles. This function is essential to the Government's work towards Integrated Property Services, which will make it easier and quicker for property owners, builders and developers to get what they need."