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.
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.
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.
The section 32 report evaluates the proposed NPS, as required under section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991.
This document summarises the submissions received, and presents the main issues and themes raised in the submissions.
The following links contain information about the criteria in Policy 2 of the proposed NPS.
Last updated: 14 October 2013