Protecting our valuable land – our proposal, your views

handful of soil


Our land is a taonga – an irreplaceable treasure and a source of life and wellness for our country. Our economy depends on it. Our history and culture are tied to it. However our productive land is at risk. 

The Government is proposing a National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land to improve the way highly productive land is managed under the Resource Management Act 1991.

The purpose is to:

  • recognise the full range of values and benefits associated with its use for primary production
  • maintain its availability for primary production for future generations
  • protect it from inappropriate subdivision, use and development.

The Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for the Environment developed the proposal together.

See the discussion document on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

The consultation closed on 10 October 2019 at 5pm.

Next steps

  • The Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries will review the proposed National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) based on public submissions; and will also provide feedback and recommendations to Ministers.
  • The proposed NPS-HPL will go to Ministers and Cabinet for approval. If approved, it would likely take effect mid-2020.

Information sessions

We held public meetings around New Zealand to discuss this and other proposals we are currently consulting on. Together, these proposals will help us protect our environment and address the issues raised in Environment Aotearoa 2019.

See the meetings we held