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The 2001 version of these guidelines was prepared by Ramon Scoble for Environment Canterbury. The project was largely funded and co-ordinated by Environment Canterbury for the Regional Waste Officers' Forum and the Ministry for the Environment. The Regional Waste Officers' Forum includes representatives of all regional councils and unitary authorities in New Zealand.

Other councils that provided a significant contribution to the development of these guidelines were Environment Waikato, Environment Southland, Taranaki Regional Council, Tasman District Council, and Greater Wellington. The Ministry for the Environment published the guidelines in April 2001. The revised versions in 2003 and 2011 have been organised and published by the Ministry.

The checklist for reporting on the removal of petroleum underground storage tanks (given in Chapter 4) is based on an original developed by URS (NZ) Ltd, Wellington; permission to use this material is gratefully acknowledged.

Thanks are expressed to all those who reviewed or provided comment on an earlier draft version of these guidelines.