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State of the environment publications

Indicator reporting/General publications | Independent reports | Technical reports | Best practice guides and guidelines

Environmental reporting publications may include:

    • environmental ‘indicator updates’ (previously called report cards or environmental snapshots) which provide information on the state of the environment
    • comprehensive state of the environment reports which report on the full set of national environmental indicators
    • technical reports, including survey reports
    • best practice guidance and guidelines
    • independent reports and reviews.

Indicator reporting/General publications

Name Date Reference
A Framework for Environmental Reporting in New Zealand February 2014 ME 1143
River condition indicator update July 2013 INFO 689
Suitability for swimming indicator update July 2013 INFO 690
Air quality (particulate matter PM10) – Indicator update
October 2012
INFO 656
Solid waste disposal – Indicator update
October 2012 INFO 654
Recreational water quality in New Zealand – Indicator update
October 2012 INFO 653
Stratospheric ozone  – Indicator update
October 2012 INFO 652
Household consumption expenditure  – Indicator update
October 2012 INFO 642
Greenhouse gases (emissions and removals) April 2012 INFO 644
Measuring up: Environmental Reporting – A discussion document August 2011 ME 1065
Environmental Snapshot: Solid Waste Disposal, 2010 July 2011 INFO 610
Environmental Snapshot: Recreational water quality in New Zealand July 2011 INFO 606
Environmental report card: Fishing Activity - Fish Stocks November 2010 INFO 562
Air quality (four pollutants): snapshot May 2010 INFO 497
Fishing Activity: Seabed Trawling environmental snapshot March 2010 INFO 482
Land use environmental snapshot January 2010 INFO 472
Soil Health Environmental Snapshot January 2010 INFO 471
Our Water: Groundwater quality November 2009 INFO 457
Environmental report card: Fishing Activity - Fish Stocks September 2009 INFO 436
Our Rivers information sheets September 2009 INFO 432A–D
Environmental report card: Energy Supply and Demand July 2009 INFO 421
Environmental report card: Solid Waste Composition July 2009 INFO 420
Environmental report card: Vehicle kilometres travelled by road March 2009 INFO 358

Environmental report card: Air quality (Particulate Matter - PM10)

February 2009

INFO 363

Environmental report card: Marine areas with legal protection December 2008 INFO 353
Environment New Zealand 2007 information sheets June 2008 INFO 280A - INFO 280J
Environment New Zealand 2007 – Summary December 2007 ME 848
Environment New Zealand 2007 December 2007 ME 847
OECD Environmental Performance Review of NZ April 2007 -
OECD Environmental Performance Review of NZ September 2005 -
Land Environments of New Zealand April 2003 -
The State of New Zealand’s Environment 1997 1997 ME 612

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Independent reports

Name Date Reference
Environment New Zealand 2007 - Independent Review July 2008 CR 47

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Technical reports

Air

Name Date Reference
New Zealand’s Environmental Reporting Series: 2014 Air domain report May 2014 ME 1151
Air quality (four pollutants): snapshot May 2010 INFO 497
Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS) - Annual Reports Annual Various
Good Practice Guide for Air Quality Monitoring and Data Management 2009 April 2009 ME 933
Environmental report card: Air quality (Particulate Matter - PM10) February 2009 INFO 363
Air quality in airsheds July 2008  
Global Environmental Monitoring System(GEMS) - Annual Reports July 2007 ME 825
Health and Air Pollution in New Zealand - final report June 2007  
Monitoring air quality in New Zealand June 2007 INFO 195
Global Environmental Monitoring System(GEMS) - Annual Reports June 2006 ME 749
Health and Air Pollution in New Zealand: Christchurch Pilot Study August 2005  
Amenity Effects of PM10 and TSP Concentrations in New Zealand August 2003 AQTR 41
Health Effects of PM10 in New Zealand August 2003 AQTR 39
Monitoring of PM10 in New Zealand August 2003 AQTR 40
Visibility in New Zealand – National Risk Assessment October 2000 AQTR 18

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Biodiversity

Name Date Reference
Native land cover (protected areas): snapshot April 2010 INFO 492
A Snapshot of Council Effort to Address Indigenous Biodiversity on Private Land: A Report Back to Councils June 2004 ME 523

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Climate Change/Atmosphere

Name Date Reference
New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990 - 2007: An overview April 2009 ME 926
New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990 - 2007 April 2009 ME 928

A Flowchart of New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 2008

 

New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Removals from Land Use & Land-use Change & Forestry (LULUCF) October 2008  
Guidance for Voluntary, Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Data and methods for the 2007 calendar year September 2008 ME 904
Net Position Report 2008: Projected balance of emissions units during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol May 2008 ME 884
New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990–2006 April 2008 ME 885
New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2006: An Overview April 2008 ME 872
Guidance for Voluntary, Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Data and methods for the 2006 calendar year April 2008 ME 871
Review of New Zealand’s 2007 Net Position Report November 2007 CR 42
Projected balance of emissions units during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol September 2007 ME 808
New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2005 July 2007 ME 811
Annual Report on Climate Change Policy and Implementation June 2006  
Projected balance of emissions units during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol June 2006  
National Inventory Report: 1990-2004 April 2006  
Review of Climate Change Policies November 2005  
Review of New Zealand's net position October 2005  
Analysis of the economic impacts of climate change projections in New Zealand 2005 October 2005  
Annual Report on Climate Change Policy Implementation 2004/2005 June 2005  
Projected balance of units during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol May 2005  
National Inventory Report: 1990-2003 April 2005  
Report on revised projections for the Kyoto Protocol - first commitment period 30 April 2004 July 2004  
Annual Report on Climate Change Policy Implementation July 2004  
National Inventory Report: 1990-2002 April 2004  
Emission Inventories for CO, NOx, SO2, ozone, benzene and benzo(a)pyrene in New Zealand November 2003 AQTR 44
Health effects of CO, NO2, SO2, ozone, benzene and benzo(a)pyrene in New Zealand November 2003 AQTR 43
Monitoring of CO, NO2, SO2, ozone, benzene and benzo(a)pyrene in New Zealand October 2003 AQTR 42
National Inventory Report: 1990-2001 April 2003  
Economic modelling reports Various dates  

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Fresh water

Name Date Reference
Developing a composite index to describe river condition in New Zealand December 2013 CR 180
Representativeness and statistical power of the New Zealand river monitoring network December 2013 CR 179
Freshwater fish predictive modelling for bioassessment: A scoping study into fish bioassessment models as national indicators in New Zealand December 2013 CR 178
Predictive models of benthic macroinvertabrate metrics July 2013 CR 149
Statistical models, indicators and trend analyses for reporting national-scale river water quality July 2013 CR 148
Update of Water Allocation Data and Estimate of Actual Water Use of Consented Takes 2009–10 November 2010 CR 100
Lake water quality in New Zealand 2010: Status and trends November 2010 CR 97
Analysis of national river water quality data for the period 1998-2007 May 2010 CR 88
New Zealand Guidelines for Cyanobacteria in Recreational Fresh Waters December 2009 ME 981
National groundwater quality indicators update: state and trends 1995-2008 September 2009 CR 78
Trends in nuisance periphyton cover at New Zealand National River Water Quality Network sites 1990-2006 August 2009 CR 70
On tap?: Attitudes, behaviours and perceptions of household water use - informing demand management July 2009 ME 949
Water Quality in Selected Dairy Farming Catchments: A baseline to support future water-quality trend assessments July 2009 ME 944
Water quality trends at National River Water Quality Network sites for 1989–2007 March 2009 CR 63
Temporal and land-cover trends in freshwater fish communities in New Zealand's rivers: an analysis of data from the New Zealand Freshwater Database - 1970 - 2007 March 2009 CR 62
A User Guide for the Macroinvertebrate Community Index 2007 CR 10
Snapshot of Lake Water Quality in New Zealand November 2006 ME 776
Snapshot of Water Allocation in New Zealand November 2006 ME 782
A Cultural Health Index for Streams and Waterways: A tool for nationwide use April 2006 ME 710
Levels of E. coli in New Zealand rivers December 2004 -
A review of short-term management options for Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti December 2003  
A Cultural Health Index for Streams and Waterways: Indicators for recognising and expressing Māori values June 2003 ME 475
Freshwater Microbiology Research Programme Report: Pathogen Occurrence and Human Health Risk Assessment Analysis November 2002 TR 122
Evaluation of Low Flow Guidelines for Instream Values June 2001 TR 108
Lake Ngaroto Restoration: A Case Study June 2001 ME 397
Water Allocation – A Strategic Overview May 2001 TR 107
Application of the River Ecosystem Management Framework to water allocation management March 2001 TR 105
Monitoring the Trophic Status of New Zealand’s Lakes March 2001  
New Zealand Periphyton Guidelines: Detecting, Monitoring and Managing Enrichment of Streams June 2000 ME 359
Information on Water Allocation in New Zealand April 2000 TR 96
The New Zealand Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit (SHMAK) 1998 (NIWA)

Land

Name Date Reference
Land use environmental snapshot January 2010 INFO 472
Soil Health Environmental Snapshot January 2010 INFO 471
Online publication of the Land Cover Database under a Creative Commons Attribution licence July 2009  
Water Quality in Selected Dairy Farming Catchments: A baseline to support future water-quality trend assessments July 2009 ME 944

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Oceans

Name Date Reference
Environmental report card: Fishing Activity - Fish Stocks November 2010 INFO 562
Fishing Activity: Seabed Trawling environmental snapshot March 2010 INFO 482
Environmental report card: Fishing Activity - Fish Stocks September 2009 INFO 436
Environmental report card: Marine areas with legal protection December 2008 INFO 353
The New Zealand Marine Environment Classification June 2005 ME 594
Planning for Climate Change Effects on Coastal Margins September 2001 ME 410

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RMA Surveys

Name Date Reference
RMA Survey of Local Authorities: 2007/2008 survey June 2009 ME 937
RMA Survey of Local Authorities: 2005/2006 survey March 2007 ME 797
RMA Survey of Local Authorities: 2003/2004 survey March 2005 ME 797
RMA Survey of Local Authorities: 2001/2002 survey June 2003 ME 472
RMA Survey of Local Authorities: 1999/2000 survey June 2001  
RMA Survey of Local Authorities: 1998/1999 survey July 2000 ME 357
RMA Survey of Local Authorities: 1997/1998 survey July 1999 ME 320
RMA Survey of Local Authorities: 1996/1997 Survey June 1998 ME 273

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Waste

Name Date Reference
Solid Waste Disposal, 2010: Environmental Snapshot July 2011 INFO 610
Environmental report card: Solid Waste Composition July 2009 INFO 420
Solid Waste Audits for Ministry for the Environment Data Programme 2007/08 December 2008 CR 56
The 2006/07 National Landfill Census October 2007 ME 842
The 2002 Landfill Review and Audit Report March 2003 ME 466
Solid Waste Analysis Protocol March 2002 ME 430
Confirmed indicators for solid waste, hazardous waste and contaminated sites September 2000 ME 344
The 1998/99 National Landfill Census Report April 2000 ME 335

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Best practice guides and guidelines

Name Date Reference
Freshwater monitoring and quality assurance: National Environmental Monitoring and Reporting (NEMaR) Variables step 2 August 2012 CR 181
New Zealand Guidelines for Cyanobacteria in Recreational Fresh Waters December 2009 ME 981
Land and soil  Monitoring: A guide for SoE and regional council reporting October 2009 -
Good Practice Guide for Air Quality Monitoring and Data Management 2009 April 2009 ME 933

An Introduction to Drinking Water Contaminants, Treatment and Management

June 2008

CR 45

A Guide to the Ministry of Health Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand

June 2008

CR 44

Proposed National Environmental Standard on Ecological Flows and Water Levels: Discussion Document March 2008 ME 868
Draft Guidelines for the Selection of Methods to Determine Ecological Flows and Water Levels March 2008 CR 20
A National Protocol for State of the Environment Groundwater Sampling in New Zealand December 2006 ME 781
Using the Cultural Health Index: How to assess the health of streams and waterways February 2006 ME 711
Culvert and Bridge Construction: Guidelines for Farmers October 2004 ME 549
Keeping our coastal waters clean January 2004 INFO 49
Kaimoana Survey Guidelines for Hapu and Iwi October 2003 ME 490
ME 490A
Microbiological Water Quality Guidelines for Marine and Freshwater Recreational Areas June 2003 ME 474
Lake Manager’s Handbook: Fish in New Zealand Lakes June 2002 ME 445
Lake Manager’s Handbook: Alien Invaders June 2002 ME 444
Lake Manager’s Handbook: Lake Level Management June 2002 ME 443
Lake Manager’s Handbook: Land-Water Interactions June 2002 ME 442
Protocols for sampling macroinvertebrates in wadeable streams November 2001 -
Managing Waterways on Farms : A guide to sustainable water and riparian management in rural New Zealand July 2001 ME 385
ANZECC water quality guidelines for fresh and marine water quality October 2000 -
Stream Periphyton Monitoring Manual June 2000 SMF 5092
New Zealand Periphyton Guidelines: Detecting, Monitoring and Managing Enrichment of Streams June 2000 ME 359
Protocol for Monitoring Trophic Levels of New Zealand Lakes and Reservoirs March 2000 SMF 5090
“Trigger” values for New Zealand rivers May 2000 -
Flow Guidelines for Instream Values May 1998 ME270
ME271
Water Quality Guidelines No.2: Colour and Clarity June 1994 ME 142
Water Quality Guidelines No.1: Biological Growths 1992 -

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