How can I have my say?

You can answer the questions on this website. You do not need to answer all the questions. You can answer just the ones you are interested in.

If you have experience of dividing property after a separation or the death of your partner, you can tell us your story.

You can come along to a public meeting and speak to one of our team. Details of the public meetings are below.

If you would like to write a submission to us, you can email your submission to:

Or you can post your written submission to:

Property (Relationships) Act Review
Law Commission
PO Box 2590
Wellington 6011
DX SP 23534

Submissions close on 7 February 2018.

What happens to my submission?

The Law Commission’s processes are public, and it is subject to the Official Information Act 1982. So, if someone asks us for your submission we will normally provide it. We will consider any requests for withholding information on grounds of confidentiality or for any other reason according to the Official Information Act 1982. The Law Commission also complies with the Privacy Act 1993, which governs how we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information you provide us. You have the right to access and correct your personal information.

We will use submissions to inform our consideration of the issues that arise in this review, and in any future reviews that cover the same or related issues. The Commission may refer to submissions in its reports, but we will anonymise submissions from private individuals. We keep all submissions as part of our official records.

If you do not want us to release all or part of your submission (including your name) or for us to refer to it in any Commission publication, please tell us which parts we should withhold and the reasons. We will consider your views.

Details of public consultation meetings





Hamilton 17 October 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Celebrating Age Centre, River Lounge, 30 Victoria Street
Tauranga 18 October 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Tauranga Historic Village – Balcony Room, 17th Avenue, Tauranga South
Rotorua 19 October 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu Village
Masterton 31 October 2017 1pm – 2pm Wairarapa REAP, 340 Queen Street, Masterton
Paraparaumu 31 October 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Kapiti Community Centre-Kowhai Room, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu
Christchurch 1 November 2017 6.45pm – 8.00pm Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral, 234 Hereford Street, Christchurch
Hokitika 2 November 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Westland RSA Building, 22 Sewell Street, Hokitika
New Plymouth 8 November 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Brian Bellringer Pavilion, Fillis Street, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
Napier 9 November 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Meeanee Memorial Hall, cnr Meanee Road & Gavin Black Street, Napier
Palmerston North 10 November 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Palmerston North Community Leisure Centre, Eileen Phillip Room, 569 Fergusson Street, Palmerston North
Auckland, North Shore 16 November 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Takapuna War Memorial Hall, 7 The
Strand, Takapuna
Auckland, Manukau 17 November 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Wiri Community Hall, 11 Inverell Avenue, Wiri
Wellington 21 November 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Loaves and Fishes Fishes Hall, corner of Molesworth and Hill St, Thorndon
Invercargill 4 December 2017 1pm – 2.15pm Invercargill Library, 50 Dee Street
Dunedin 5 December 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Otago Branch New Zealand Law Society, John Wickliffe House, 4th Floor, 265 Princes Street, Dunedin
Kerikeri 6 December 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Kerikeri RSA, 37 Cobham Rd, Kerikeri
Whangarei 7 December 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Whangarei Community Law Centre, St John’s Golden Church, 149 Kamo Rd, Kensington, Whangarei
Nelson 13 December 2017 12 noon – 1.15pm Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson
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