Environmental reporting on atmosphere and climate

Access national environmental reporting on New Zealand’s atmosphere and climate. MfE and Stats NZ report on the state of different aspects of our environment every six months, and our environment as a whole every three years. 

Our atmosphere and climate 2020

Our climate is explored in five chapters looking into how, why and what is changing and the effects those changes are beginning to have on the things New Zealanders care about.

  • Our climate, our future
  • Our activities are driving emissions
  • Changes in our climate and environment are being observed
  • Climate change and our wellbeing
  • Looking ahead: future emissions and climate.

Overview of our atmosphere and climate 2020 has all the report information.

Environment Aotearoa 2019 

Environment Aotearoa 2019 presents the most important issues that affect our environment's health. It explains why each matters, what has changed and the consequences.

Climate change is the focus of two of the nine priority issues in the report 

Read the summary of  Environment Aotearoa 2019  online or download the full report

Our atmosphere and climate 2017

Key information

New Zealand's atmosphere and climate at a glance infographic

  • This infographic provides a snapshot of New Zealand’s atmosphere and climate. It presents key findings from Our atmosphere and climate 2017.

Our atmosphere and climate 2017 at a glance [PDF, 337 KB]

  • Top findings from the report.

Our atmosphere and climate 2017 report

  • Information about the state of our atmosphere and climate, the pressures on this state, and what that means for us and the environment.

Atmosphere and climate indicators [Environmental indicators Te Taiao Aotearoa website]

  • Graphs, maps, tables, and more detailed scientific descriptions of our key findings.

Datasets [MfE Data Service]

  • Conduct your own analysis of the data.


Read the media release [PDF, 80 KB] from Stats NZ and the Ministry for the Environment.

Environment Aotearoa 2015

This reporting provides an overall picture of our environment across the air, atmosphere and climate, fresh water, land, and marine domains including interactions between domains. 

Information on atmosphere and climate 

 Infographic – New Zealand’s environment at a glance 

 Atmosphere and climate chapter of the report – Environment Aotearoa 2015 

 Key findings including atmosphere and climate – Environment Aotearoa 2015

 Atmosphere and climate indicators [Environmental indicators Te Taiao Aotearoa website]

 Datasets – Atmosphere and climate [MfE Data Service] 

Find out more

For national environmental reporting on air, fresh water, marine and land, see the Environmental reporting homepage.