This table provides information on Records of Title that are live and part-cancelled.
This table contains top level, general title data only, such as the title number, type (e.g. Freehold, Unit Title, Cross Lease etc) and status.
A Record of Title is a record of a property's owners, legal description and the rights and responsibilities registered against the title.
If you need more detailed title data such as the legal description, please refer to the [NZ Property Titles Estate List](http://data.linz.govt.nz/table/51566) table.
This table does not contain ownership data. This is available in the [NZ Property Title Owners List](http://data.linz.govt.nz/table/51564) table. This is a restricted access dataset and requires you to agree to the [LINZ Licence for Personal Data](https://www.linz.govt.nz/data/licensing-and-using-data/linz-licence-for-personal-data).
For title data that is directly linked to parcel shapes (property boundaries) refer to [NZ Property Titles](http://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/50804) or [NZ Property Titles Including Owners](http://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/50805). Please note that these datasets are much larger to download, contain duplicated parcel shapes (one for each title that relates to the parcel) and does not contain all of the columns that this table has.
For more information about this table, other property datasets, and how to relate them to each other, refer to the [Property Boundary and Ownership Data Dictionary](https://data.linz.govt.nz/document/11012).
The function of the Registrar-General of Land is to provide a system, whereby the ownership of land can be legally evidenced, under which dealings with it can be effected and recorded.
From the earliest days of colonisation, offices have existed in New Zealand for the registration of instruments affecting land. To enable a record of ownership of land to be kept the Land Registration Ordinance was passed by the Legislative Council of New Zealand on 28th December 1841. This provided for the setting up of Deeds Registry Offices and prescribed the method of registering Crown Grants and other Private Deeds relating to Land. The system is generally known as Deeds Registration System or Deeds System for short.
The Deeds System with modifications continued until the Land Registry Act 1860 was promulgated. After a number of amendments it was replaced by the Land Transfer System (LT Act 1870 and subsequent acts). This is sometimes called the Torrens System, after its originator in South Australia. Since the 1870 all registration takes place under the Land Transfer System. The Land Transfer System provides a simple method of registration and in addition, titles issued under it are guaranteed by the State. The first digital data was created by the Land Titles Office (a division of the Justice Department) in the late 1980s - early 90s. This data formed the electronic land transfer journal and a titles index (Land Title Link). The LTO was amalgamated with DOSLI and finally LINZ. As Landonline was rolled out, the paper titles were converted into digital computer registers. The titles conversion project converted 1.8 million "live" titles and imaged 2 million instruments. Certificate of Titles were replaced by Computer Registers. Both have since been replaced by Record of Title, with the commencement of the Land Transfer Act 2017.