Within some developments, elements of our network including items such as cabling, ducting, lead-in cables, and cabinets are installed over sections of land, including common or shared areas, that are different to those they’re there to service. In these circumstances, easements are needed to protect our network installed within that subdivision. Easements are also required for the lead-in cable and all internal cabling within a Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU).

If you haven’t already been in touch with us about your subdivision, please contact our Subdivision Group who can assist you with your development as a whole, including any potential easement requirements.

Existing Network
In many areas of the country, our network is already in place, having delivered telecommunications services to New Zealand homes and business for decades. So, when developing an area of land, it’s really important to first find out whether or not any of our network infrastructure exists within the development so we can take the right steps to protect it from potential damage.

You’ll need to check whether or not this is the case, which you can do by requesting a plan from beforeUDig. We’ll work with you to determine if the elements of our network can stay as they are or if anything needs to be moved.

Easement Process
1. Look for our existing network

Get a network plan and use this to identify our existing network. Where our network is already in place before subdividing takes place, you or your surveyor can have the existing network identified by requesting a plan from beforeUDig.

If our network doesn’t run through your development, you’ll be able to move straight ahead to the fourth step below; Easements created.

2. Contact us
Once the existing network has been correctly identified, contact us so we can assess the potential impact on it from your subdivision, decide whether development can continue as planned or our network needs to be removed or relocated.

3. Network relocated (as needed)
If the network needs to be removed or relocated to allow the development to proceed, we’ll ask you to contact us on 0800 4 NETWORK (0800 463 896), option 3 to get this relocated, moved, removed or protected.

4. Easements created
Once the design of the reticulation for your development has been completed (as per the standard Subdivision process) and the section boundaries and easement area(s) are identified in favour of Chorus New Zealand Limited, the easement(s) needs to be created.

5. Provide required documents
Your solicitor sends us with the Land Title Plans of your subdivision showing the easement areas clearly marked in favour of Chorus New Zealand Limited, and a completed Authority and Instruction Form, and an Easement Instrument. These completed forms should be sent to siteacquisition@chorus.co.nz along with the final Land Title Plan of the subdivision.

6. We work with you
One of our Property Acquisition Representatives will be in touch to let you know who is looking after your request. We aim to have the easement executed, scanned and emailed back to you within ten working days of receiving all accurately completed documents from your solicitor.

7. Completion
Your solicitor can use the scanned documents to proceed with the easement registration and we send the original copy to the solicitor afterwards for their records. There is a processing fee for the subdivision easements of $153.33 (including GST) that will be invoiced to your solicitor acting on our behalf after the documents are signed.

Important things to note:

  • Once the build and installation is complete, you’ll need to supply our Service Partner with accurate Local Authority registered addresses to be recorded in the Chorus Network database to make sure future orders can be processed accurately. At design stage, most developments have Local Authority registered road names and allotment numbers, with room or unit numbers added during the early build phase. The final road name and street address information is usually available at build completion.
  • The build work only delivers the communal network to the boundary of each lot, including in shared Right of Ways. A lead-in pipe is then needed to get the network cable from the boundary to each new dwelling. This is the future property owner’s responsibility to install unless you, as the developer, are installing the lead-in pipe to each dwelling in which case the responsibility is yours. Connecting the property to our network is only done once a service has been requested from a broadband provider.
  • Further detail on this, please see the Digging for contractors page.

Download more information

Chorus authority and instruction form

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Chorus subdivision easement instrument form

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