Upcoming Submissions

Upcoming submissions on a wide range of environment and conservation issues including:

  • Parliamentary legislation,

  • Select Committee enquiries,

  • Conservation Plans and Strategies,

  • National Policy Statements and Environmental Standards,

  • Maritime Rules,

  • and others etc.

LATEST Consultation

Environmental Legislation

Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill

This is a private members Bill by Labour's Meka Whaitiri which proposes adding an objective of the EPA to protect the Environment. Currently there is no obligation on the EPA to do that, even though its called the Environmental Protection Agency.

The change is to section 12(1) of the Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011,to insert after paragraph (b):

“(c) protects, maintains, and enhances New Zealand's environment.”

The Bill is currently before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

Information here from the Parliamentary website on the Bill and where to make a submission. Submissions close on 10 September.


Regional Councils etc

Wellington Region:

The proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region was publicly notified on 31 July 2015.  These documents can be viewed on the Greater Wellington website.
The submission period closes on 25 September 2015.  More information about the submission process and the submission forms can also be found on the WRC website.



RMA Changes

The National Government is still intending to introduce changes to the Resource Management Act later in 2015.  Previous proposals were put on hold after they failed to get support from their support partners United and the Maori Party. 

The Changes proposed were described in an 83-page consultation paper titled Improving Our Resource Management System.  Amongst the changes were a rewrite of Part II the Purpose and Principles of the Act which would have fatally weakened the environmental bottom line in the legislation.

Below is a list of the agencies and links to upcoming consultations

Parliamentary legislation

There are several important Bills before Parliament with upcoming submissions

The latest business before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee can be found here.

How to make a submission to a Select Committee.

Government agencies - current consultations

Department of Conservation - including Conservation Management Strategies

Ministry for Primary Industries - Fisheries

Ministry for Primary Industries - including Agriculture and Forestry

Ministry for the Environment

How to have your say on a consultation


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