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Our mission is environmental stewardship for a prosperous New Zealand – tiakina te taiao kia tōnui a Aotearoa. Find out more about our role and who we work with on environmental issues.


The priority list of topics has been updated. It includes proposed national policy statements, national environmental standards and regulations.

See A way forward for national direction - 2016

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'New Zealand's action on climate change' illustrates the breadth of activities that are underway in 2016.


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The Government is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health.

Read the Minister's media release on the Beehive website

Read the consultation document on this website

Technical fixes have been made to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Organisms Not Genetically Modified) Regulations 1998.


See updates to the HSNO (Not-GM) regulations on the About genetic modification in New Zealand web page.

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