News and events

12 December 2014

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have recently launched their new website. We think it looks fantastic!

Go to the MPI website.

MPI are our partners in the Natural Resources Sector and we work with them to ensure cross-agency collaboration in our policy work. 

Find out more about who we work with

Find out more about the Natural Resources Sector on their website.

03 November 2014

Climate Change 2014, the Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC's) Fifth Assessment, has now been released. 

The report brings together the findings from the three previously published volumes of the Working Group reports. They cover 'The Physical Science Basis, Impacts', 'Adaptation and Vulnerability' and 'Mitigation of Climate Change'. 

The Climate Change Minister, Hon Tim Groser has welcomed the report. View the Minister's media release on the Beehive website.

The reports are now available on the IPCC website.  There is a Summary for Policymakers  and a longer Synthesis Report on the IPCC website.

28 October 2014

The Ministry for the Environment has been working hard to introduce the new changes to the Marine Pollution Regulations under the Resource Management Act 1998.

Amendment to the regulations will help protect New Zealand’s marine environment by stopping garbage from being discharged into the coastal marine area.

Justin Strang, Manager of our Marine and Environmental Governance team explains, “These regulations crack down on the dumping of litter in the ocean within twelve nautical miles from the shore. This includes garbage like plastics, bottles, fishing gear, cigarette butts - all will need to be kept on the boat and disposed of onshore.

“We are working in partnership with Maritime New Zealand to promote the changes to these regulations, especially among recreational boaties.”

So remember if you’re out and about in your boat this summer: don’t throw it, stow it. Take your rubbish back to shore with you and dispose of it properly. We’ll all be doing our bit to keep our bays beautiful. 

24 October 2014

The Ministry for the Environment presented at the 26th Waste Management Institute of NZ (WasteMINZ) Annual Conference held in the capital this month. The focus of this year’s conference was on putting the ‘Resource’ into Resourceful Thinking, with emphasis on the goals set down in the New Zealand Waste Strategy to reduce the harmful effects of waste and improve the efficiency of resource use.

20 October 2014

Submissions are sought from the public on property regulations and local rules that don’t make sense.

In particular property owners, builders, tradespeople and businesses who have experienced the issues created by irrelevant or unnecessary regulations, can now report these to a Rules Reduction Taskforce which will identify pedantic and unnecessary rules that frustrate and hinder.

Submissions can be made by filling in the online submission form at or by downloading the form below and posting it to Rules Reduction, The Department of Internal Affairs, P O Box 805, Wellington 6011. Alternatively you can scan and email your completed submission form to rulesreduction@dia.govt.nzPlease do not include personal information such as names and addresses in your submissions.

15 October 2014

The Resource Management Act needs to explicitly recognise the importance of New Zealanders’ access to more affordable housing if the downward trend in home ownership over the past 20 years is to be reversed, Building and Housing, and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today at the Property Council New Zealand’s Residential Development Summit in Auckland. 

Read the Environment Minister's media release on the Beehive website.

Find out more about the RMA Amendments and Reforms.

08 October 2014

The Ministry for the Environment invites applications for Round 7 of the Community Environment Fund to enhance freshwater monitoring in New Zealand. 

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 21 November 2014. 

Find out more information for applicants to Round 7.

Learn more about the Community Environment Fund

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