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Official Information Act requests

People in New Zealand can request government information (official information) and can expect it to be made available unless there is a good reason to withhold it.

The Official Information Act 1982 (or OIA) enables citizens, permanent residents, visitors to New Zealand, and body corporates registered or with a place of business in New Zealand, to make a request for official information held by government agencies, including the Ministry for the Environment.

On this page, you can search for OIAs that we have released.  You can also view all our Briefings, weekly updates and cabinet papers.

How to make a request

Your request should be as clear and specific as you can possibly make it. Requests should include your name, your postal address or preferred email address, and specific details of the information you want.

Email ministerials@mfe.govt.nz

or

Post your request to:

Executive Relations
PO Box 10362
Wellington, 6143.

How long will it take?

We will acknowledge your request as soon as practical and respond no later than 20 working days after we receive it. Sometimes for large requests or those requiring consultation, the Act allows for a time limit extension. If so, we will let you know and give you a specific due date.

Withholding information

We may withhold information for specific reasons. If this occurs, we will explain the reasons why. For more information please refer to sections 6, 9 and 18 of the Official Information Act.

Complaints

If you are unhappy with our response, contact us in the first instance. You have the right to seek a review of the response by the Ombudsman.

 

Sources of information

Before requesting official information (Official Information Act 1982) from the Ministry for the Environment, we encourage you to check out our sources of information below as you may find the information you need is already publicly available:

  • websites
  • online datasets
  • publications
  • reports
Ombudsman’s OIA review

The Chief Ombudsman has commenced four self-initiated investigations into the Official Information practices of the public sector. The agencies involved are the Ministry for the Environment, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation and Land Information New Zealand. We’ve been chosen as one of the first four agencies for review because delivering better environmental outcomes for New Zealanders is a key priority for the Government.

We’ll keep this page updated with information about the review including publishing the final report in September 2018.  You can read more about the Chief Ombudsman’s review on the Ombudsman website.

 

Reviewed:
04/04/18

Information released under OIA

Displaying 1 - 135 of 135
Date published Response Date Title Reference Number Departmental / Ministerial Topics Download/View
04 April 2018
23 February 2018
Funding the Iwi Leaders Forum
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.3 MB)
04 April 2018
29 March 2018
Advice the Ministry supplied to the former Environment Minister Nick Smith on the waste to energy project.
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 7.57 MB)
27 September 2018
13 March 2018
The introduction of new climate change legislation or bills in 2018
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 4.25 MB)
27 September 2018
01 May 2018
Financial impacts of the implementation of a Zero Carbon Act
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 14.82 MB)
27 September 2018
21 June 2018
Documents related to the Zero Carbon Bill.
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 65.84 MB)
07 January 2019
12 October 2018
Impact of the Emissions Trading Scheme
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.66 MB)
07 January 2019
22 October 2018
Drinking Water Policy
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 1.77 MB)
07 January 2019
29 October 2018
1080 disposal sites
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 1.32 MB)
07 January 2019
16 October 2018
Waste Disposal Levy enforcement
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 1.7 MB)
07 January 2019
05 November 2018
Evidence for anthropogenic climate change
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.36 MB)
08 January 2019
13 November 2018
Kahui Wai Māori
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 1.16 MB)
08 January 2019
21 November 2018
All of Government PFAS situation update 01 June 2018
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.31 MB)
08 January 2019
27 November 2018
PFAS All of Government weekly reports, August 2018
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 7.35 MB)
08 January 2019
12 November 2018
National Policy Statement on climate change?
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.46 MB)
08 January 2019
14 November 2018
Subdivision resource consents
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 1.36 MB)
08 January 2019
16 November 2018
Royal Commission on Genetic Modification
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.34 MB)
08 January 2019
29 November 2018
graphics and promotional material for Minister for Climate Change
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.33 MB)
08 January 2019
05 November 2018
Marsden Point Road, Ruakaka
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.2 MB)
08 January 2019
04 December 2018
Evidence for anthropogenic climate change 2
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.26 MB)
08 January 2019
12 October 2018
Royal Commission on Genetic Modification
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.92 MB)
08 January 2019
16 October 2018
Hold music
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 606.31 KB)
08 January 2019
04 October 2019
Freshwater Improvement Fund project, “Lake Wanaka and Upper Clutha Community Water Management Plan"
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 657.01 KB)
08 January 2019
30 October 2018
Chemical trails 18-D-02187
Departmental
Air Quality
(pdf, 655.61 KB)
08 January 2019
15 November 2018
Te Reo Māori
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 687.88 KB)
08 January 2019
13 November 2018
Universal Human Life Needs/Necessities
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 877.4 KB)
23 January 2019
21 December 2018
Advice provided to Ministers in 2018 regarding national environmental standards for small-scale wind.
Departmental
Climate Energy
(pdf, 4.62 MB)
23 January 2019
10 October 2018
Glyphosate
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.39 MB)
23 January 2019
15 October 2018
Thames-Coromandel District Council and Hauraki District Council Mangrove Management Bill.
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 2.04 MB)
23 January 2019
14 November 2018
Waste disposal statistics
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 2.29 MB)
24 January 2019
05 September 2018
PFAS All of Government weekly reports, June-August 2018
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 7.39 MB)
24 January 2019
07 September 2018
Split gases approach (methane vs carbon dioxide)
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.06 MB)
25 January 2019
05 September 2018
Property Rights and Environmental Regulation under the Resource Management Act 1991
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 1.08 MB)
25 January 2019
07 September 2018
National Environmental Standard for greenhouse gases?
Departmental
Climate National Environmental Standard (NES)
(pdf, 746.64 KB)
25 January 2019
11 September 2018
Water Allocation Technical Advisory Group
Departmental
Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Water
(pdf, 2.15 MB)
25 January 2019
24 September 2018
Correspondence re Hawke's Bay Regional Planning Committee
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 8.13 MB)
12 October 2018
25 January 2019
Royal Commission on Genetic Modification
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.92 MB)
25 January 2019
04 October 2018
Upper Clutha Lakes Trust funding
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 657.01 KB)
25 January 2019
18 December 2018
Advice re royalty on export of bottled water
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 1.72 MB)
29 January 2019
25 September 2018
MfE role in pest management in NZ?
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.62 MB)
25 January 2019
09 October 2018
Emissions Trading Scheme
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.14 MB)
25 January 2019
15 October 2018
Improvements to the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 3.31 MB)
25 January 2019
25 January 2019
Waimea Dam
Departmental
RMA Water
(pdf, 11.33 MB)
30 January 2019
25 October 2018
Correspondence re Zero Carbon Bill
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 54.48 MB)
31 January 2019
31 October 2018
Application for funding by Environment Southland to the Ministry for the Environment Freshwater Fund
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 20.29 MB)
05 March 2019
08 November 2018
Container Deposit Schemes 18-D-02054
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 8.03 MB)
05 March 2019
15 October 2018
Kahui Wai Māori 18-D-01840
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 6.68 MB)
05 March 2019
05 September 2018
Waste Futures conducted by the Hastings District Council 18-D-01683
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 1.33 MB)
05 March 2019
06 September 2018
"The economic consequences of climate change" (2015 OECD report) 18-D-01864
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.81 MB)
05 March 2019
17 September 2018
Land use changes to achieve GHG reduction targets 18-D-01721
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.6 MB)
05 March 2019
24 September 2018
International carbon markets 18-D-01906
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.04 MB)
06 March 2019
01 October 2018
Contaminated Sites Remediation Prioritisation Tool 18-D-01914
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.68 MB)
08 March 2019
12 October 2018
Economic impacts of shifting land use to forestry 18-D-01858
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.46 MB)
08 March 2019
23 October 2018
Proposals for third parties to plant on Crown-owned or government land 18-D-01809
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.44 MB)
12 March 2019
05 November 2019
Upper Clutha Lakes and Catchments Community Water Management Project Plans 18-D-02084
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 2.21 MB)
14 March 2019
09 November 2018
Freshwater Improvement Fund Grant to Tasman District Council 18-D-02200
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 1.53 MB)
14 March 2019
14 November 2018
NZ Greenhouse Gas emissions 18-D-02271
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 69.85 MB)
14 March 2019
28 November 2018
Advice re Five Iwi Afforestation Programme 18-D-02159
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.25 MB)
19 March 2019
30 November 2018
Environment Southland Work Programme 18-D-02322
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 868.63 KB)
19 March 2019
30 November 2019
Advice given regarding public awareness of climate change 18-D-02325
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.42 MB)
27 March 2019
11 December 2018
Envirofert Limited's Waste Minimization Funding Application 18-D-02493
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 1.69 MB)
27 March 2019
13 December 2018
Personal grievance claims at Ministry for the Environment 18-D-02506
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 233.78 KB)
27 March 2019
13 December 2018
Koru Club memberships at Ministry for the Environment 18-D-02509
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.27 MB)
03 April 2019
14 December 2018
international flights by MfE officials 18-D-02519
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.77 MB)
03 April 2019
17 December 2018
spending on koha at Ministry for the Environment 18-D-02534
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.22 MB)
03 April 2019
18 December 2018
Biodiversity research 18-D-02516
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 990.53 KB)
05 April 2019
21 December 2018
Zero Carbon Bill discussion document 18-D-02477
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.05 MB)
05 April 2019
21 December 2018
May 2018 - June 2018 Annual Work Plan for Upper Clutha Lakes and Catchments Community Water Management Plan Project 18-D-02782
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 1.72 MB)
05 April 2019
14 January 2019
Development of Zero Carbon Bill 180-D-02582
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.57 MB)
05 April 2019
01 February 2019
Zero Carbon Bill discussion document 18-D-02566
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.05 MB)
08 April 2019
08 February 2019
Workplace bullying at Ministry for the Environment 18-D-02830
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.82 MB)
08 April 2019
11 February 2019
Aid funding for climate change relief in New Zealand 18-D-02592
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.85 MB)
08 April 2019
13 February 2019
Zero Carbon Bill economic costs and benefits 18-D-02577
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.2 MB)
08 April 2019
13 February 2019
Eco-toxic labelling of 1080 18-D-02832
Departmental
National Environmental Standard (NES)
(pdf, 2.47 MB)
09 April 2019
13 February 2019
Diversity policies at Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00005
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 2.03 MB)
09 April 2019
13 February 2019
Fireworks 19-D-00006
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 1.61 MB)
09 April 2019
13 February 2019
Uber and taxi rides by Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00073
Departmental
Other
(, 1.7 MB)
09 April 2019
13 February 2019
New Zealand's global greenhouse gas emissions 19-D-00086
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.53 MB)
09 April 2019
18 February 2019
Documents mentioning climate scientists Nikolov and/or Zeller 19-D-00091
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.98 MB)
09 April 2019
09 April 2019
Wairakei Pastoral Ltd 19-D-00092
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 5.21 MB)
09 April 2019
20 February 2019
Correspondence between Vicky Robertson and Hon David Parker 18-D-02573
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 4.14 MB)
09 April 2019
20 February 2019
Funding for Iwi Leaders' Forum 19-D-00011
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.42 MB)
09 April 2019
21 February 2019
PFAS contaminated locations 18-D-02639
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.69 MB)
09 April 2019
25 February 2019
A Government Position on International Carbon Markets 19-D-00115
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.73 MB)
09 April 2019
27 February 2019
ECan business case re Te Waihora 18-D-02833
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 1.81 MB)
09 April 2019
01 March 2019
Awatarariki district and regional plans 19-D-00070
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 1.16 MB)
09 April 2019
01 March 2019
Spending on advertising by Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00122
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.77 MB)
09 April 2019
07 March 2019
77 Alice Bloy Place, Ruakaka 19-D-00100
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 1.97 MB)
09 April 2019
08 March 2019
Public correspondence re chemtrais 19-D-00152
Departmental
Air Quality
(pdf, 1.85 MB)
12 April 2019
12 March 2019
Public opinion polls by Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00186
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 4.64 MB)
15 April 2019
15 March 2019
Waste Minimisation Fund application by Pacific Rubber, 2015 19-D-00268
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 10.39 MB)
07 May 2019
18 March 2019
Expenditure on furniture by Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00283
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.01 MB)
07 May 2019
21 March 2019
“Economic impact analysis of 2050 emissions targets – a dynamic Computable General Equilibrium analysis” 19-D-00318
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 38.64 MB)
07 May 2019
27 March 2019
Submissions by health professionals on Zero Carbon Bill 19-D-00446
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.61 MB)
09 May 2019
25 March 2019
Expernditure on furniture by Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00355
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.6 MB)
09 May 2019
29 March 2019
Auckland Council's request to central government, November 2011 19-D-00424
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 1.52 MB)
09 May 2019
01 April 2019
Cost of responding to OIA requests 19-D-00433
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.1 MB)
09 May 2019
01 April 2019
New Zealand’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 19-D-00425
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 996.9 KB)
09 May 2019
01 April 2019
National Policy Statement for Freshwater management 19-D-00401
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 1.41 MB)
09 May 2019
02 April 2019
Colmar Brunton research relating to climate change and/or waste 19-D-00185
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.52 MB)
10 May 2019
02 April 2019
Compensation paid by Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00402
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.53 MB)
14 May 2019
11 April 2019
Cleaning and security contracts at Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00474
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.29 MB)
22 May 2019
16 April 2019
Organisations receiving a free industrial allocation of NZUs under the Climate Change (Eligible Industrial Activities) Regulations 2010 19-D-00628
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 666.34 KB)
24 May 2019
18 April 2019
Non-Disclosure Agreements at Ministry for the Environment 19-D-00481
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 623.75 KB)
27 May 2019
26 April 2019
Briefing to Associate Minister Eugenie Sage re meeting with Agcarm 19-D-00496
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 2.03 MB)
07 June 2019
03 May 2019
Enquiry into genetic modification in 2000 19-D-00397
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.78 MB)
07 June 2019
03 May 2019
Predictions for NZs emissions for 2018-2020 19-D-00643
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 789.62 KB)
10 June 2019
10 June 2019
Zero Carbon Bill effect on global temperatures 19-D-00957
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.89 MB)
12 June 2019
08 May 2019
Parental leave policies at MfE 19-D-00627
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 2.54 MB)
12 June 2019
10 May 2019
Advice received from the New Zealand Acoustic Society 19-D-00701
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.08 MB)
13 June 2019
13 May 2019
Funding to Fuji Xerox in 2018 19-D-00625
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 13.71 MB)
04 July 2019
30 May 2019
Meeting of the Sustainable Business Network with the Minister, Hon Eugenie Sage 19-D-00719
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 9.35 MB)
04 July 2019
30 May 2019
Green GDP Growth 19-D-00724
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.65 MB)
04 July 2019
04 July 2019
Plaman Resources Limited 19-D-00890
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 636.44 KB)
08 July 2019
06 June 2019
genetically modified organisms and technologies for predator / invasive species control 19-D-00633
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 7.33 MB)
08 July 2019
06 June 2019
Cost options for the zero carbon bill 19-D-00791
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.18 MB)
08 July 2019
07 June 2019
IPCC Report relating to methane reduction levels and targets 19-D-00796
Departmental
Climate
(, 8.65 MB)
11 July 2019
11 June 2019
New Zealand's 2020, 2030, and 2050 climate change targets 19-D-00870
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 4.25 MB)
12 July 2019
12 June 2019
Extinction Rebellion Movement and School Strike 4 Climate 19-D-00878
Departmental
Climate
(, 1.96 MB)
15 July 2019
13 June 2019
Payments by MfE to interest groups 19-D-00876
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 1.16 MB)
15 July 2019
13 June 2019
Implementation of the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme 19-D-01019
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.13 MB)
15 July 2019
14 June 2019
Payments by MfE to social media influencers 19-D-00907
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 756.97 KB)
16 July 2019
11 June 2019
Advice re costs of climate change 19-D-00692
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 808.72 KB)
24 July 2019
24 June 2019
Freshwater Leaders Group 19-D-00989
Departmental
Water
(pdf, 1.3 MB)
24 July 2019
24 June 2019
Projections for NZ ETS units 19-D-01034
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.78 MB)
25 July 2019
25 June 2019
PFAS briefings April-June 2019 19-D-00869
Departmental
Other
(pdf, 3.75 MB)
29 July 2019
27 June 2019
Waste to energy plants 19-D-01005
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 877.49 KB)
05 August 2019
03 July 2019
Single use plastics 19-D-01082
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 2.36 MB)
05 August 2019
03 July 2019
Budget estimates for Climate 19-D-01143
Departmental
Climate
(, 1.21 MB)
05 August 2019
03 July 2019
Gazette notices for emissions budgets 19-D-01087
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 4.08 MB)
12 August 2019
10 July 2019
Transition Hub 19-D-00967
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 2.26 MB)
12 August 2019
11 July 2019
Imminent collapse of the biosphere 19-D-01306
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 919.45 KB)
12 August 2019
11 July 2019
ETS projections 19-D-01034
Departmental
Climate
(pdf, 1.78 MB)
12 August 2019
12 July 2019
Iwi consultation in Northland for RMA 19-D-01187
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 2.99 MB)
20 August 2019
19 July 2019
Auckland International Airport's classification as a 'designating authority' 19-D-01186
Departmental
RMA
(pdf, 1.82 MB)
23 August 2019
23 July 2019
Correspondence re Container Deposit Scheme 19-D-01056
Departmental
Waste
(pdf, 26.69 MB)