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  • Cover of Inventory of New Zealand imports and exports of asbestos-containing products
    December 2014
    The Ministry for the Environment commissioned Graham Environmental Consulting Limited to investigate New Zealand imports and exports of asbestos-containing products, and how important these products are to New Zealand businesses. This report presents the findings of that investigation. Read more
  • cover of environmenal risk assessment of discharges of sediment during prospecting and exploration
    February 2014
    This NIWA report is a risk-based assessment of the spectrum of environmental effects of discharging tailings and sediments from the prospecting and exploration stages of mineral mining operations into the marine environment, considering all aspects of risk to the marine environment. Read more
  • Cover of Section 32 evaluation and cost-benefit analysis for the proposed NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity
    November 2019
    This report prepared by 4Sight Consulting and Market Economics is intended to test the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) before public consultation and help inform stakeholders on the likely impacts, benefits and costs of the NPSIB. Read more
  • Cover of the Preliminary climate finance landscape for Aotearoa New Zealand report
    April 2018
    This report, prepared by consultancy Mōhio, examines climate finance in New Zealand. It includes a snapshot of key existing climate finance flows and a look at the instruments available to the Government and private sector such as grants, debt and bonds. Read more
  • Cover of Boffa Miskell memo freshwater attributes
    May 2020
    This memo assesses whether councils would need to make changes to wastewater treatment in addition to those already identified in the Boffa Miskell report Cost estimates for upgrading wastewater treatment plants to meet objectives of the NPS freshwater. Read more
  • cover-phormidium-blooms
    May 2018
    Phormidium is a potentially toxic, mat-forming benthic cyanobacterium found in an increasing number of New Zealand rivers. This report outlines a study which investigated drivers of Phormidium blooms in New Zealand rivers to predict risk of blooms. Read more
  • Potential Demands for Waitaki  Catchment Water  (non Hydro, Irrigation or Stock)
    January 2005
    This report examines the potential demand for water from the Waitak catchment to meet community, urban and town supplies; industrial and commerical uses; and use by recreation and tourism facilities. It includes demands both within and outside the catchment. Read more
  • Freshwater ecological values of the Waitaki Catchment September 2004
    November 2004
    This report provides an overview of the freshwater ecological values in the Waitaki Catchment based on information collated as geographical information system (GIS) layers. It describes the sources of the GIS data and lists the layers that have been prepared. Read more
  • Stocktake of Freshwater  Demand Management  Initiatives
    May 2010
    The report is a stocktake of various approaches used to manage demand for fresh water. It looks at national-level and local council initiatives and assesses how widely the initiatives are being used and their effectiveness in meeting water demand management goals. Read more
  • October 2009
    This bulletin provides background information on the development of regulations setting out data collection and reporting requirements for people who carry out stationary energy, industrial processes activities, and may be required to register as a participant in the NZ ETS. Read more
  • June 2005
    This 2005 report looked at the information and tools needed to make smart decisions about the best future uses of our ocean. It assessed the range of information and decision-making tools available in 2005 and identified opportunities to improve requirements. Read more
  • THE TRUSTPOWER WAIRAU RIVER  HYDRO POWER PROPOSAL  A review of the processing of the  resource consent applications
    October 2009
    To better understand the challenges faced by large resource consent applications, the Ministry commissioned a review of resource consent applications by TrustPower Ltd to construct and operate a hydro power scheme on the Wairau River, Marlborough. This report presents the review findings. Read more
  • September 2009
    This report provides an update of results for indicators of groundwater quality in New Zealand. It summarises average water quality at almost 1000 monitoring sites over the period 1995-2008, as well as trends at the same sites within that period of time. Read more
  • The State of New Zealand’s Environment 1997
    October 1997
    The State of New Zealand's Environment 1997 was published as a joint venture between the Ministry for the Environment and GP Publications. It reports on New Zealand's natural environment, what we have done to it, and what we are doing to it. Read more
  • Cover of A macroinvertebrate attribute to assess ecosystem health of New Zealand waterways for the National Objectives Framework – Issues and options
    April 2015
    One of two reports that assessed the options and implications of using the Macroinvertebrate Community Index (MCI) as an attribute in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. It looked at identifying potential threshold values to define numeric attribute states for MCI.  Read more
  • Cover of At-risk catchment implementation: Geospatial information to support mātauranga Māori
    December 2019
    The Ministry commissioned this report to improve our understanding of how geospatial information can inform meaningful engagement with iwi/hapū. Read more
  • cover for urban design stocktake of resource management plans and policies
    November 2009
    In 2008, the Ministry engaged MWH New Zealand Ltd to investigate the nature and extent of urban design related provisions in local authority plans and policy statements prepared under the Resource Management Act. This report presents the detailed findings of that research. Read more
  • Cover of Monitoring of PM10 in New Zealand
    August 2003
    This report summaries the results of air quality monitoring of fine particles in New Zealand from 1988 to 2001. Historical measurements of total suspended particles over the period 1964 - 2000 (Auckland) and 1983 - 2001 (Hamilton) are also presented to analyse trends. Read more
  • cover of the report
    March 2019
    This updated National Implementation Plan outlines measures to implement our obligations relating to new persistent organic pollutants added to the Stockholm Convention in 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2017. It also reports on New Zealand’s achievements in phasing out the 12 initial POPs. Read more
  • cover of anatoxin level report
    May 2018
    Phormidium is a potentially toxic, mat-forming benthic cyanobacterium found in an increasing number of New Zealand rivers. This report outlines a study which assessed Phormidium toxin levels in the Cardrona (Otago), Mataura (Southland) and Hutt (Wellington) Rivers in 2017. Read more
  • cover of the report
    March 2018
    The Ministry for the Environment commissioned Sapere to analyse the current information provision in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. The report offers recommendations on what, how and when information needs to be provided to the market to improve its efficiency. Read more
  • Cover of RMA district and regional plan definition interface
    May 2017
    This report researches the variation in district and regional plan definitions, and identifies ‘core’ or common terms applicable to district and regional plans to better understand the variation and complexity, and identify where greater efficiencies can be achieved.   Read more
  • carbon-abatement-effects-of-electricity-demand-reductions
    November 2007
    This report provides recommended emission factors to be used when estimating how much greenhouse gases will be abated from a reduction in electricity use. These can be used to assess the effects of projects that reduce electricity use, such as energy efficiency improvements. Read more
  • Cover for urban design panels
    August 2010
    This report contains the findings of a survey of local authority urban design panels. The Ministry undertook the survey to gain a nationwide picture of these panels including how many panels there are and the processes they use, and to canvass views on their effectiveness. Read more
  • cover for synthetic greenhouse gases and the ets
    June 2008
    In late 2007 the Ministry contracted a sector expert to provide a summary of the range of risks, costs, benefits and advantages from applying emissions trading to emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The report considers several possible places on the HFC supply and emission chain. Read more
  • environmental-farm-plans-review-may03.pdf
    May 2003
    This report consolidates the different farm plans used in New Zealand into one document. It sets out the components of the farm plans, how they are used by regional councils and industry, and discusses their merits and effectiveness in environmental management on farms. Read more
  • preparing-for-future-flooding.pdf
    May 2010
    Preparing for Future Flooding is a summary of the Ministry’s technical report 'Tools for estimating the effects of climate change on flood flow'. It provides good practice information and guidance to help local authorities incorporate climate change impacts into flood risk management. Read more
  • Intractable Agricultural Chemicals in New Zealand
    February 2006
    Between 2003 and 2006 the Ministry and 13 regional councils worked together to collect agricultural chemicals, mainly from rural properties. This report provides an estimate of the amount of intractable agrichemicals remaining on New Zealand farms following the completion of the programme. Read more
  • Cover of report on Nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations and fluxes in drainage from pasture, winter forage crop and native bush sites in the West Matukituki Valley
    June 2017
    Otago Regional Council (ORC) requested a programme of experimentation that would deliver quantitative measurements of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) concentrations and fluxes in leachate reported for pasture, forage crop and native bush sites in the West Matukituki Valley, located west of Lake Wanaka. Read more
  • cover of the report
    March 2018
    The Ministry for the Environment commissioned Covec to explore options for market oversight of the Emissions Trading Scheme. This report addresses whether there is a need for regulation of the market in a similar way to regulation of financial markets, to address potential or existing problems. Read more
  • “Trigger” values for New Zealand rivers
    May 2000
    This report describes the approach taken for estimating the water quality 'trigger' values for ecosystem protection used in the 2000 revision of the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZECC 2000). The guidelines were revised in August 2018. Read more
  • cover of the report
    September 2018
    This report offers preliminary guidance to water management groups(WMGs), regional councils and other interested parties on how WMGs can be structured and what regional council plans should contain to improve the likelihood that groups will achieve the freshwater outcomes desired by their communities. Read more
  • cover of the report
    February 2018
    The report provides an inventory of the annual distribution of mercury and mercury-containing goods and materials in New Zealand from anthropogenic (man-made) sources, for a base year of 2016. It builds on the information in the previous 2012 and 2008 mercury inventories. Read more
  • cultural-health-index-streams-and-waterways-tech-report-apr06
    April 2006
    The Cultural Health Index is a tool that Māori can use to assess and manage waterways in their area. This technical report describes how the Cultural Health Index works scientifically and how it has been developed through testing on different river types and with different iwi. Read more
  • nps-natural-hazards-framework-report-t&t-cover-small
    September 2016
    As part of the initial scoping for a NPS on natural hazards, Tonkin and Taylor carried out some research on using a risk based approach to natural hazard management under the RMA, and made some recommendations for what could be included in a NPS. This is their final report.  Read more
  • Cover of snapshot
    April 2018
    New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory is the official annual report of all anthropogenic (human induced) emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in New Zealand. The inventory measures New Zealand’s progress against obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. Read more
  • Cover of Government action towards a low-emissions economy
    August 2019
    This infographic sets out government action on transitioning to a low-emissions economy as part of the response to the Productivity Commission’s Low Emissions Economy report. It highlights key sector policies that will drive the transition and action on aligning the system settings to support it. Read more
  • cover of the report
    June 2018
    In this report, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) uses a dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model to explore the economic impacts of transitioning to targets and a lower-emissions future, and examines how the economy changes in response to the imposition of various targets. Read more
  • Cover of Attributes for intermittently open and closed lakes and lagoons (ICOLLs) applicable to the National Objectives Framework for fresh water
    June 2016
    This report provides advice on possible attributes and thresholds relevant to the ecosystem health of intermittently closed and open lakes and lagoons and brackish lakes, and their potential for consideration as part of the National Objectives Framework in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. Read more
  • enz07-air-info-sheet-jun08
    Air
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-biodiversity-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-energy-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • Environment New Zealand 2007: Land
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-atmosphere-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-freshwater-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-household-consumption-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-transport-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-waste-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • Oceans
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • Flowchart LULUCF cover
    September 2008
    This flowchart provides an indication of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions and removals in 2006 from land use and land-use change and forestry as reported in New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990 - 2006. The relative width of the sections indicates the proportion of total emissions. Read more