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  • Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity — Exposure draft

    Many of our plants, birds and animals are unique to our country. Some of these, along with their ecosystems, are under threat of extinction. From November 2019 to March 2020, we sought public feedback on the introduction of a National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) to... More
    Opened 9 June 2022
  • Adapt and thrive: Building a climate-resilient Aotearoa New Zealand

    All New Zealanders can adapt to the locked-in effects of climate change. The sooner we act, the more effective that action will be. We sought your feedback on the plan. It’s been put together so we can minimise the damage from a changing climate. We asked about how climate change is... More
    Closed 3 June 2022
  • Exposure draft of proposed changes to the NPS-FM and NES-F (including wetland regulations)

    We consulted on proposed amendments to wetland provisions in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) and the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F) from 1 September to 27 October 2021. Following consultation, we analysed submissions... More
    Opened 31 May 2022
  • Detailed submission - Transforming recycling

    Too much rubbish is ending up in landfills and our environment. We sought views on proposals to transform recycling in Aotearoa New Zealand. The consultation closed on 22 May 2022. The three proposals are: A container return scheme that encourages people to return... More
    Closed 22 May 2022
  • Quick submission - Transforming recycling

    Too much rubbish is ending up in landfills and our environment. We sought your views on three proposals: A container return scheme that encourages people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling Improvements to household kerbside recycling ... More
    Closed 22 May 2022
  • People and place: ensuring the wellbeing of every generation

    Our collective wellbeing is intrinsically linked to te taiao (the natural environment). We would love to hear your aspirations for the future of the whenua (land) as a source of wellbeing for every generation. We are seeking feedback on the: importance of land in your everyday... More
    Closed 20 May 2022
  • Proposed changes to regulations for the NZ ETS 2022

    We make technical amendments to regulations under the Climate Change Response Act 2002 to maintain the accuracy of the NZ ETS. This consultation closed on 28 April 2022. We consulted on the following proposed technical amendments. Climate Change (Unit Register) Regulations 2008... More
    Closed 28 April 2022
  • Improving Aotearoa New Zealand's environmental reporting system

    The Environmental Reporting Act 2015 (ERA) provides the framework for independent, structured and regular reports on the state of New Zealand’s environment. This helps us understand how our environment is tracking and the impacts of our activities over time, which is vital for good... More
    Closed 18 March 2022
  • Improving the protection of drinking-water sources

    Everyone should have access to safe drinking water. We are considering changes to the National Environmental Standards for Sources of Human Drinking Water (NES-DW) to better protect our sources of drinking water. The Government consulted on three proposals to strengthen the NES-DW: ... More
    Closed 6 March 2022
  • Proposed product stewardship regulations: Tyres and large batteries

    Every year around 6.5 million tyres are imported into New Zealand. When they reach their end of use, about two-thirds go to landfill or are illegally dumped. This creates the risk of fire and toxic emissions. In 2020, an estimated 1,000 electric vehicle batteries reached their end of... More
    Closed 16 December 2021
  • Taking responsibility for our waste

    Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the highest generators of waste per person in the world. We use too much, waste too much and pollute too much – and this has negative impacts on the environment and contributes to climate change. Around the world, we use more resources than the planet... More
    Closed 10 December 2021
  • Quick submission - Shape the emissions reduction plan

    What we consulted on Read a snapshot of the emissions reduction plan discussion document [PDF, 1,863 KB] The consultation closed on 24 November 2021. More
    Closed 24 November 2021
  • Detailed submission - Shape the emissions reduction plan

    What we consulted on Read the discussion document for this consultation [PDF, 7,401 KB] View webinars on the Ministry for the Environment website The consultation closed on 24 November 2021 More
    Closed 24 November 2021
  • Managing our wetlands

    Wetlands play an important role in maintaining the health of New Zealand’s waters. But New Zealand’s wetlands are at risk. Ninety per cent of wetlands have been lost since human settlement began and there is ongoing degradation and loss. The Government is committed to preserving the... More
    Closed 27 October 2021
  • Intensive winter grazing regulations: Proposed changes

    The Government is proposing changes to the intensive winter grazing regulations. These are included within the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (NES-F). We have received feedback that aspects of the intensive winter grazing regulations... More
    Closed 7 October 2021
  • Freshwater farm plan regulations

    Freshwater farm plans were introduced last year as part of the Government’s Essential Freshwater package. They are intended to provide a practical way for farmers to meet the freshwater standards and to reduce regulatory burden. More
    Closed 7 October 2021
  • Stock exclusion regulations: Proposed changes to the low slope map

    The Government is proposing changes to the low slope map which is incorporated in the Resource Management (Stock Exclusion) Regulations 2020. More
    Closed 7 October 2021
  • Designing a governance framework for the NZ ETS

    The NZ ETS is an important tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Aotearoa New Zealand. Read our proposal on designing a governance framework for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme [PDF 1.4MB] We need to improve the current market governance framework to manage risks of... More
    Closed 17 September 2021
  • Reforming industrial allocation in the NZ ETS

    Industrial allocation is the provision of free emissions units (NZUs) to industries considered emissions-intensive and trade-exposed (EITE). Its purpose is to reduce the risk of emissions pricing driving EITE firms, and their production and associated emissions overseas. Read our proposal... More
    Closed 17 September 2021
  • Proposed NZ ETS and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy regulation updates 2021

    Decision The Government has reached decisions regarding regulation updates to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (SGG) Levy. The decisions made are to: update unit limit and auction price control settings for 2022-2026 (for details... More
    Closed 28 May 2021
  • Phasing out fossil fuels in process heat

    Climate change is a global problem that is having significant impacts on the environment, people and economies across the world. To limit the most harmful impacts of climate change, all countries need to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. New Zealand is committed to... More
    Closed 20 May 2021
  • Reducing the impact of plastic on our environment

    Decision The Government has decided to phase out certain hard-to-recycle plastics and six single-use items. Read about the plastic items being phased out The decision follows widespread public support The Government consulted the public on its plastic phase-out... More
    Closed 4 December 2020
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