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  • Ministerial Inquiry Land Use

    This Inquiry will look at past and existing land-uses. It will investigate: storm damage and its causes current practices regulatory and policy settings. It will include the impact of storm damage caused by woody debris (including forestry slash) and sediment on communities, livestock, buildings, and the environment. It will also look at associated economic drivers and constraints. More
    Closed 6 April 2023
  • Annual updates to the NZ ETS limits and price control settings for units 2023

    The NZ ETS is a key tool in the government’s climate change response toolbox. It supports Aotearoa New Zealand to meet its emissions reduction goals by putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions. Unit settings are updated annually to ensure the NZ ETS remains an effective tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This consultation is on annual updates to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) unit settings for the period 2024–28. This is the third year that these... More
    Closed 16 June 2023
  • Developing an exception from the low slope map for lower intensity farming - Te whakarite aweretanga mai i te mahere rōnaki heke mō te mahi pāmu ngāwari

    We sought feedback on options to amend stock exclusion regulations in relation to lower intensity farming systems. The low slope map, incorporated by reference in the stock exclusion regulations, was amended in 2022 to improve how it identifies low slope land and avoid capturing lower intensity farming in the high country. While these recent changes have largely addressed issues with low slope land identification, the map is still likely to capture some lower intensity farming... More
    Closed 16 July 2023
  • Quick submission - Te Arotake Mahere Hokohoko Tukunga - Review of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

    The Government is reviewing the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) to make sure it’s fit for the job ahead. The review will focus on the benefits, trade-offs and risks of changing the NZ ETS so it can incentivise gross emissions reductions, but continue to support removals. It follows advice from He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission. It recommended that the Government consider amending the NZ ETS to provide more robust support for gross emissions reductions... More
    Closed 11 August 2023
  • Te Arotake Mahere Hokohoko Tukunga - Review of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

    The Government is reviewing the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) to make sure it’s fit for the job ahead. The review will focus on the benefits, trade-offs and risks of changing the NZ ETS so it can incentivise gross emissions reductions, but continue to support removals. It follows advice from He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission. It recommended that the Government consider amending the NZ ETS to provide more robust support for gross emissions reductions... More
    Closed 11 August 2023
  • A redesigned NZ ETS Permanent Forest Category

    The Government sought feedback on proposals to manage afforestation by redesigning the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme’s (NZ ETS) permanent forest category. Last year the Government consulted on proposals to restrict permanent exotic forests in the New Zealand ETS in response to concerns about the impacts on the environment and rural communities from these forests. The proposals generated wide interest prompting the Government to further investigate changes to the permanent forest... More
    Closed 11 August 2023
  • Improving our GMO regulations for laboratory and biomedical research

    The Government sought feedback on proposed changes to Aotearoa New Zealand’s legislation and regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used in laboratory settings and for biomedical therapies. The proposals respond to concerns from the research community that current GMO regulations are hindering research and innovation. They aim to remove barriers to foster research and improve health outcomes. The consultation document presents 10 policy changes to: ... More
    Closed 25 August 2023
  • Deferral of NZ ETS reporting obligations for animals–farmer activities

    NZ ETS date deferred for animal farmers The Government has deferred the date animal farmers must meet NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) obligations from 1 January 2024 to 1 January 2026. This gives the Government more time to legislate and implement a farm-level split-gas agricultural emissions levy system. The deferral follows Cabinet’s August 2023 decision to progress work to ensure mandatory reporting of agricultural emissions by late 2024 and pricing of them a... More
    Closed 6 September 2023
  • Managing the use and development of highly productive land - Te whakahaere i te whakamahinga me te whanaketanga o ngā whenua whai hua

    The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sought feedback on managing the use and development of highly productive land (HPL). Since the policy was introduced in 2022, two issues have been raised about its restrictions on the use and development of highly productive land for activities that don’t rely on soil. The two issues that were consulted on are a lack of a clear consent pathway for: Construction of new specified... More
    Closed 31 October 2023
  • Helping nature and people thrive – Exploring a biodiversity credit system for Aotearoa New Zealand

    The Government is exploring whether a biodiversity credit system could help to incentivise the protection and restoration of native wildlife in Aotearoa New Zealand. A biodiversity credit system would help to conserve habitats and species by enabling landowners, who protect and restore native wildlife, to earn credits for their actions. The Ministry for the Environment and Department of Conservation (DoC) sought feedback on the need for and the design of a biodiversity credit... More
    Closed 3 November 2023
  • Proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making

    The Government sought feedback on a proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making. This is a first step from central government to provide additional support for local government to manage risks to people and property from natural hazards such as floods, landslides and coastal inundation. Read the full consultation document [PDF, 2.6 MB] Read the Proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making 2023 . Read the Proposed National... More
    Closed 20 November 2023
  • Fast-track approval applications

    The Fast-track Approvals Bill will include two Schedules of listed projects: Schedule 2 Part A Projects will be referred directly to an Expert Panel and will not go through the Ministerial referral process included in the legislation. Schedule 2 Part B Projects will still need to be referred by the Minister to the Expert Panel, but have demonstrated that they are regionally or nationally significant. This is the application form to have your project included in... More
    Closed 3 May 2024
  • NZ ETS Unit Settings and Annual Regulatory Updates 2024

    Consultation is now open on the Government’s annual review of auction settings and other regulations for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). The NZ ETS supports Aotearoa New Zealand to meet its emissions reduction goals by putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses must provide to the government a New Zealand Unit (NZU) for every tonne of climate pollution they emit. Participants in the NZ ETS can purchase NZUs through government auctions held four... More
    Opened 15 May 2024
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