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Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity

This page provides information about the proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity.

The proposed National Policy Statement on indigenous biodiversity sets out the objective and policies to manage natural and physical resources to maintain indigenous biological diversity (biodiversity) under the Resource Management Act 1991.

The Ministry for the Environment consulted publicly on the proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity between January and May 2011. It received 426 submissions. The summary of submissions document is now available. This document summarises the submissions received, and presents the main issues and themes raised in the submissions.

We are preparing a report and recommendations on the proposed National Policy Statement for the Minister for the Environment to consider. The Government intends to consider the report from the Waitangi Tribunal on claim 262 before finalising the NPS. Part of this claim relates to rights in respect to indigenous flora and fauna.

About the proposed National Policy Statement

The proposed NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity is intended to provide clearer direction to local authorities on their responsibilities for managing indigenous biodiversity under the Resource Management Act 1991. It outlines policies and decision-making frameworks for identifying and managing indigenous biodiversity found outside the public conservation estate.

The proposed NPS contains a list of criteria for identifying areas of indigenous vegetation and habitats of indigenous animals that have been recognised as being rare and/or threatened at a national level. These criteria are based on the Government’s Statement of National Priorities for Protecting Rare and Threatened Biodiversity on Private Land. The proposed NPS requires district and relevant regional plans to identify these areas of significant biodiversity within five years of the NPS taking effect. 

Local authorities would be required to manage the effects of activities through district and regional plans and resource consent decisions (or be satisfied that effects are managed by other methods) to ensure there is no net loss of significant indigenous biodiversity.

The proposed NPS seeks to promote the maintenance of indigenous biodiversity while recognising the rights and responsibilities of landowners and the interests of Māori.

You can find out more about biodiversity on our biodiversity web pages.

Background documents about the proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity

Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity

The proposed NPS on Indigenous Biodiversity sets out the Government's expectations for managing New Zealand's indigenous biodiversity under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Section 32 report

The section 32 report evaluates the proposed NPS, as required under section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

Summary of submissions

This document summarises the submissions received, and presents the main issues and themes raised in the submissions.

Background information, and questions and answers about the proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity

  • Minister's media release announcing consultation on the proposed NPS [Beehive website]
  • An explanation of each of the proposed NPS's eight policies [PDF 70 KB / Word 57 KB]
  • Regulatory Impact Statement prepared by the Ministry for the Environment considering various options for improving indigenous biodiversity on private land [PDF 1.7 MB / Word 120 KB]
  • Cabinet Paper: Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity: Proposal to release for public consultation (November 2010) seeking agreement to release the proposed NPS for public consultation [PDF 2.27 MB
  • Cabinet Minute: Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity: Proposal to release for public consultation (December 2010)[CAB Min (10) 43/9] containing decisions on releasing the proposed NPS for public consultation [PDF 172 KB]  
  • Questions and answers on the proposed NPS

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Additional information about Policy 2

The following links contain information about the criteria in Policy 2 of the proposed NPS.

  • General information on Land Environments New Zealand (LENZ) data is available on the Landcare Research website.
  • LENZ Level IV data is available for free download from the Koordinates website.
  • The Threatened Environments Classification shows how much indigenous vegetation remains within land environments. This, 'joined' with the LENZ Level IV polygons, will give an indication of what is captured by criteria 2d of the proposed NPS. Threatened environments data is available from the Landcare Research website.
  • Information on Naturally Uncommon Ecosystems (also known as “Historically Rare Ecosystems”) is available on the Landcare Research website.

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Find out more

Email: info@mfe.govt.nz

Last updated: 14 October 2013