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Our mission is environmental stewardship for a prosperous New Zealand – tiakina te taiao kia tōnui a Aotearoa. Find out more about our role and who we work with on environmental issues.


In New Zealand we have lots of opportunities to reduce waste and recover useful resources from waste. To boost efforts in this area, the Waste Minimisation Fund provides funding for waste minimisation projects.


Find out about nine waste minimisation projects which recently received funding.


Find out about the Waste Minimisation Fund and how to apply.




The Ministry for the Environment is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Ozone Layer Protection Regulations 1996. The regulations manage the import and export of ozone depleting substances. 


Read the Minister's media release

Find out about the proposed changes and how to have your say

The Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries have produced a guide to help local government and communities implement the Government’s policy on fresh water.


Read the Minister's announcement [Beehive website].


Read the guide on this website.

Find out more about the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014.

The New Zealand Government announced that our post-2020 climate change target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. 

Read the Minister’s media release

Find out more about the new target

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