Developing the National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities

This page outlines the sequence of events in the development of the National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities.

Timeline of events

When What happened Publication links
October 2007

The Ministry released a discussion document for public comment setting out:

  • the resource management issues which arise from managing the operation, maintenance and upgrading of New Zealand’s electricity transmission network
  • how a national environmental standard (NES) could potentially resolve some of these issues.
Proposed National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission: Discussion document
November 2007 The submission period closed. There were eighty-four submissions.  
May 2008 The Ministry released a summary report on the submissions. Report on submissions for the proposed National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission
September 2008 Cabinet decided the NES should proceed and agreed that regulations should be drafted to give effect to the NES.

Cabinet paper: Report back on development of national environmental standards for electricity transmission

  The Cabinet paper was accompanied by a regulatory impact statement, presenting the costs and benefits of the policy.  Regulatory impact statement: National environmental standards for electricity transmission activities
December 2009 The section 32 report evaluated the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the NES. This is a requirement under the RMA when developing a regulation, including a NES. The report also includes a response to public submissions. Section 32 report for the proposed NES for Electricity Transmission Activities
January 2010

The NES came into effect on 14 January 2010.

Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities) Regulations 2009 [New Zealand Legislation website]

Find out more

Cabinet paper: National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities under the Resource Management Act 1991

Reviewed:
06/10/15