Protecting our valuable land – our proposal, your views

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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.

We invite everyone to have their say on protecting our valuable land now and into the future.

How to review the proposal and make a submission

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

See the discussion document and make a submission on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

Workshops and hui on the proposal will be held around the country to provide more information and answer questions. Details will be provided on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

The deadline for submissions is 10 October 2019 at 5pm.