Help protect native plants, birds and animals

Girl in nature

In Aotearoa New Zealand we have many native plants, birds and animals that are unique to our country. Some of these, along with their ecosystems, are under threat of extinction. 

The Government is seeking feedback on its proposal for maintaining and protecting our indigenous biodiversity into the future. The proposal builds on work already underway. 

We invite you to have your say on how we achieve this important work together.

Review the proposal

The government is proposing a National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity. This builds on a draft created by the Biodiversity Collaborative Group. It has been developed by the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation.

Discussion document

Proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity

Make a submission

You can submit your feedback during the consultation period using one of the following options:

  • Use our submission tool. This is our preferred way to receive submissions. 
  • Answer the questions in the consultation document and email indigenousbiodiversity@mfe.govt.nz
  • Or post your answers to the Biodiversity Team, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10 362, Wellington 6143.

The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2020 at 5pm.

Information on publishing and releasing submissions

Next steps

  • Following the consultation period, we will prepare a report that summarises the submissions and make recommendations based on the submissions. We will work with the Department of Conservation on this.
  • We will seek agreement from Ministers on final policy decisions.