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This document contains an evaluation for the Minister for the Environment of the proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity (‘the NPS’), as required under section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). A section 32 evaluation considers the appropriateness, alternatives, costs and benefits of a proposed national policy statement, and its objectives and policies.

This section 32 evaluation presents an initial assessment of the NPS – it is expected that the NPS will undergo further refinement following public submissions. This report and a summary of public submissions on it are intended to help further assessments of the NPS.

Five questions are posed in the document and your feedback on these core matters is appreciated as part of your written submission, alongside any other comments you may wish to make. See the submission guide in Appendix 4.

A second section 32 evaluation will be completed following this inquiry process (as set out in sections 51 and 52 of the RMA) and a report and recommendations has been provided to the Minister on the proposed NPS.