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Overview of who we work with

This page provides information about our relationships with other organisations, including agencies in the Natural Resources Sector, central and local government, businesses, and the community.

Having an environment that is among the best in the world is an integral part of New Zealand's identity and competitive advantage. Healthy water, air, land and built communities are essential for people’s well-being.

We work with a range of stakeholders who help us form and implement the policies we develop.

Natural Resources Sector

The Natural Resources Sector (NRS) is headed by the Chief Executives of seven agencies who act as a leadership team for natural resources policy work in central government. These include:

  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Land Information New Zealand
  • Department of Conservation
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Department of Internal Affairs.

They are supported by the Treasury, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the State Services Commission. Our Chief Executive is the Chair.

The NRS works to provide integrated and consistently high-quality policy advice on natural resources, recognising the broad connection linking values and benefits from natural resources across the economy, environment, society and culture. The NRS uses its collaborative ethos to focus on:

  • forming a common understanding on strategic issues
  • articulating a common direction for New Zealand's natural resources policy
  • building and delivering on shared priorities collectively.

Central government

We work with other government organisations that have interests in the natural or built environment. We are responsible for advising our Ministers on work programmes and budgets.

Find out more about other government agencies we work with.

Learn more about our Ministers and their responsibilities.

Local government

Many of our policies and programmes rely on local government to implement them. We work closely with all councils to ensure the policies we develop are practical and are implemented effectively.

Find out more about local government in New Zealand on the Local Govenment New Zealand website.

Iwi and Māori

We recognise the particular responsibilities of the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi and the special kaitiaki role that Māori play in the management of natural resources.

The Crown and iwi both have an interest in managing and developing natural resources. We have developed valuable relationships with iwi while working on policy.

Find out more about how we consider iwi, Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi in our role.


Government works closely with a wide range of businesses through partnerships and projects. This includes working on water quality improvements, moving to a circular economy and transitioning to a low emissions future.

Some examples are:

Aotearoa Circle

The Aotearoa Circle is a unique and voluntary initiative bringing together senior leaders from across the public and private sectors. The founding members of The Aotearoa Circle share the fundamental belief that by contributing, benefits will flow to New Zealand, its environment, its people and our economy – and that prosperity comes through recognising the connection of people to nature and our responsibility to safeguard this for our mokopuna.

Founding member organisations include Air New Zealand, Auckland Airport,  Auckland Council, Department of Conservation, Designworks, EnviroNZ, Fonterra, JWT, Land Information NZ, Manaaki Whenua, Mercury NZ Limited, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Post, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Sanford, Silver Fern Farms, Spark, Synlait, Te Puni Kokiri, Orion Energy, Vector, Villa Maria, Wakatu Incorporation and Westpac.

Read more on the The Aotearoa Circle website


New Zealanders want to be involved in the development of government policies which affect the way we live, and the world around us. 

The Ministry seeks to involve the community as we develop and implement policies to manage New Zealand’s resources in a sustainable way. 

We are also able to support community action through funding for projects that achieve environmental outcomes.

Find out more about funding available for community groups and our community work.