People and place: ensuring the wellbeing of every generation

Closed 20 May 2022

Opened 5 May 2022


Healthy whenua (land) is important for a flourishing environment and people’s wellbeing.

That’s because how we care for whenua affects our water, climate, air and native species, as well as people's quality of life. But how might our land – and New Zealanders’ relationship with it – change over the coming decades? What could they look like in 2050?

The Ministry’s Long-term Insights Briefing project delves into this important topic, and looks at the risks, challenges and opportunities.

Have your say

We’ve been asking New Zealanders about their aspirations for the future of the whenua as a source of wellbeing.

In May 2022, we sought feedback on what things were most important and of interest to you when considering the people and place of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read the full consultation document [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Read the summary of submissions [PDF, 3.8 MB]

Have your say in our second round of consultation

What happens next

If you have any queries, please email

For more information about the briefings, see He Puka Whakamārama i te Pae Tawhiti | Long-term Insights Briefings [Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission website]