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Te Manatū mō te Taiao: Hui ā Rohe

Manatū mō te Taiao held hui in February with iwi Māori throughout the country. The hui were an opportunity to kōrero with you on resource management system reform, Girl in New Zealand native bushthe proposal for maintaining and protecting indigenous biodiversity, the National Climate Change Risk Assessment and freshwater.

Ngā kaupapa 

Transforming the resource management system: opportunities for change

The Government is undertaking a comprehensive review of the resource management system with a focus on the RMA. This is an opportunity to design a system that delivers better outcomes for the environment, people and the economy. To be successful, we need to design a resource management system that responds to our distinct environmental, social and cultural context.

This includes:

  • New Zealand’s physical characteristics and unique biodiversity 
  • the Treaty and the relationship between iwi/Māori and the Crown
  • the significant ways we all value and connect with the environment.

The Resource Management Review Panel who are leading the review have recently released an Issues and options paper.

Find out more on Resource Management System: A comprehensive review.

Helping protect native plants and birds – a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity

Consultation is underway on a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity that requires councils to work closely with tangata whenua, landowners and communities to identify and look after significant indigenous biodiversity. The draft policy statement proposes a solution of working together to ensure our unique flora and fauna can thrive on Māori land, and public and private land.  

Read the Kaupapa summary on the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity

Find out more on the consultation web page Help protect native plants, birds and animals.


We will provide an update on the Essential Freshwater Programme.

National Climate Change Risk Assessment 

The first National Climate Change Risk Assessment has started and will be completed by mid-2020. We are looking at the broad range of hazards, risks and opportunities for Aotearoa. As well as the February Hui ā Rohe, there will be five different Risk Assessment Workshops for partners and key stakeholders. We welcome your attendance. Contact for more information.

Read the Kaupapa summary on climate policy

Find out more on First national climate change risk assessment for New Zealand: Identifying risk priorities.

Dates and locations of hui

When Where
Monday, 3 February Whanganui
Monday, 10 February Tauranga
Wednesday, 12 February Auckland
Thursday, 13 February Gisborne  
Friday, 14 February  Napier
Monday, 17 February  New Plymouth
Tuesday, 18 February Hokitika
Wednesday, 19 February Wellington
Thursday, 20 February Christchurch
Friday, 21 February Dunedin
Monday, 24 February Whangarei
Tuesday, 25 February Taupō
Wednesday 26, February Rotorua
Thursday, 27 February Hamilton
Friday, 28 February Nelson