This page provides information on how the National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission 2008 was developed.
About the development
The National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission 2008 (NPS) is the result of a robust statutory process of public consultation under the RMA.
An independent Board of Inquiry was appointed in 2007 to hear public views on the proposed national policy statement and prepare recommendations. A wide range of views from groups and organisations was received. The Board reported back to the Minister for the Environment at the end of 2007. The final NPS closely follows the recommendations of the Board.
The government had been looking at options for national guidance since January 2005 when it first established a reference group to look at transmission issues. This group said a national policy statement would help in the management of electricity transmission.
This reference group was made up of central and local government, the Electricity Commission, Transpower, Federated Farmers and Business New Zealand.
Find out more
Media release: Secure and reliable electricity transmission – policy statement (March 2008) [Beehive website]