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Activity classification under the Exclusive Economic Zone Act
The Government passed the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (EEZ Act) to provide for the sustainable management of resources in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
This discussion document is seeking to address the higher costs and longer timeframes associated with a full discretionary consenting process for some activities while maintaining an appropriate level of oversight and discretion over these activities, which cannot be provided if they are classified as permitted.
The document also proposes activity classifications for discharges of harmful substances from offshore structures and production facilities on mineral mining ships, and dumping of waste in the EEZ.