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Developing a national policy statement for indigenous biodiversity

We are developing a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) based on a draft prepared by the Biodiversity Collaborative Group in 2017/2018. This page records the events in the development of a NPSIB since 2007.

Timeline of events

Year

What Happened

Publication links

2018

The Biodiversity Collaborative Group delivered its report to the Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, in October 2018.

 

The report contained the group’s draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) and recommendations for complementary and supporting measures.

 

Report of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group [Biodiversity Collaborative Group New Zealand website]

 

2017

The Biodiversity Collaborative Group was established in March 2017. Its terms of reference included developing a draft NPSIB and recommendations for complementary and supporting measures.

 

The group included representatives from Forest & Bird, Federated Farmers, iwi leaders, the Forest Owners Association, the Environmental Defence Society and extractive/infrastructure industries. The group was chaired by Jan Crawford.

 

MfE was an active observer of the process along with the Department of Conservation, Land Information New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Puni Kōkiri and representatives from regional and unitary councils.

 

Terms of reference for the Biodiversity Collaborative Group (PDF 120 KB) [Biodiversity Collaborative Group New Zealand website]

2016

The then Minister for the Environment, Hon Nick Smith, announced that a collaborative group would come together to develop a draft NPSIB. It would replace the proposed NPSIB released for public consultation in 2011.

 

 

Media release: Collaborative group to improve nature protection [Beehive website]

2011

MfE consulted publicly on a proposed NPSIB between January and May 2011 and received 426 submissions.

 

This version was not progressed due to a lack of stakeholder agreement on its content and therefore does not have legal effect.

 

Explanation document for the

Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity (PDF, 70 KB)

 

Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity: Summary of submissions

 

  The then Minister for the Environment announced public consultation on the first proposed NPSIB on 30 January 2011. Media release: New policy proposed to protect biodiversity [Beehive website]

2010

We finalised the first proposed NPSIB along with a regulatory impact statement and section 32 evaluation of costs and benefits.

Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity

 

Regulatory impact statement: Options for improving indigenous biodiversity on private land

 

Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity: Section 32 evaluation

 

 

Cabinet approved consultation on the first proposed NPSIB based on the Statement of National Priorities in November 2010.

 

Cabinet paper: Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity: Proposal to release for public consultation

 

Cabinet minute: Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity: Release for Public Consultation

 

2007

On 26 April 2007, the then Minister of Conservation and the then Minister for the Environment issued a Statement of National Priorities for protecting rare and threatened native biodiversity on private land.

 

The Statement of National Priorities provided greater guidance on biodiversity management to councils and other decision-makers.

Media release: Biodiversity on private land crucial to all Kiwis [Beehive website]

 

Statement of national priorities for protecting rare and threatened species on private land

 

Biodiversity guidance for private land [Department of Conservation Website]

 

Reviewed:
25/10/18