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  • The Packaging Council and the Sustainable Industry Group have brought together packaging brand owners, retailers, importers, recyclers and local government to negotiate a New Zealand Packaging Accord.
    July 2004
    The 2004 New Zealand Packaging Accord was a partnership between government and industry to make more sustainable use of packaging. Read more
  • image of New Zealand's environment at a glance infographic
    October 2015
    This infographic provides a snapshot of New Zealand’s environment. It presents key findings from ‘Environment Aotearoa 2015’ in a graphic for use online or as a printed poster. Read more
  • infographic pdf cover
    October 2016
    This infographic provides a snapshot of New Zealand's marine environment. It presents key findings from 'Our marine environment 2016'. Read more
  • Cover of waste to energy guide
    August 2020
    This factsheet gives an overview of the different types of waste to energy (WtE) technologies and aspects of the New Zealand context that may be relevant when considering WtE proposals. Read more
  • Cover of New Zealand's land at a glance
    April 2018
    This infographic provides a snapshot of New Zealand’s land. It presents key findings from Our land 2018. Read more
  • The New Zealand Waste Strategy sets out the Government's long-term priorities for waste management and minimisation in New Zealand. This Strategy replaces the 2002 New Zealand Waste Strategy.
    October 2010
    The New Zealand Waste Strategy sets out the Government's long-term priorities for waste management and minimisation in New Zealand. This Strategy replaces the 2002 New Zealand Waste Strategy. Read more
  • This leaflet provides an overview of the proposed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
    July 2008
    This leaflet provides an overview of the proposed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. The NES came into effect on 1 July 2011. Read more
  • MFE publication cover.
    July 2011
    This environment snapshot has been superseded by the October 2012 Recreational water quality in New Zealand indicator update and the 2013 Suitability for swimming indicator update. Read more
  • Cover for protocol for monitoring trophic levels of nz lakes and reservoirs
    March 2000
    This protocol specifies a cost-effective method to determine the trophic levels of lakes, and changes in these levels over time. Read more
  • A National Protocol for State of the Environment Groundwater Sampling in New Zealand
    December 2006
    This document provides a step-by-step protocol for the collection of groundwater samples in New Zealand. Read more
  • Cover of Shared interests in freshwater: A new approach to the Crown/Māori relationship for freshwater
    October 2018
    This document captures areas of shared interest in water quality and ecosystem health improvements and defines how the Crown and Māori will work together to make improvements to New Zealand’s freshwater. Read more
  • MFE publication cover.
    July 2013
    The latest indicator update providing information on the biophysical condition of New Zealand's rivers. Read more
  • freshwater-infosheet-apr06
    April 2006
    In early 2005, the Government held meetings throughout New Zealand to discuss problems facing water management , and to identify possible solutions. This document summarises what we found out, and what we believe needs to be done to improve freshwater management in New Zealand. Read more
  • Cover of Essential Freshwater: Healthy Water, Fairly Allocated
    October 2018
    This document sets out the Government’s plan to restore and protect freshwater in New Zealand.  Read more
  • Cover of protocols for sampling macroinvertebrates in wadeable streams
    November 2001
    This protocol identifies and describes standardised protocols for use by agencies throughout New Zealand for macroinvertebrate biomonitoring. Read more
  • Cover of Delivering freshwater reform: A high level overview
    July 2014
    This leaflet explains what New Zealanders need to know about improving the way we manage our fresh water. Read more
  • The Solid Waste Analysis Protocol aims to facilitate the collection of consistent and reliable data on solid waste in New Zealand.
    March 2002
    The Solid Waste Analysis Protocol aims to facilitate the collection of consistent and reliable data on solid waste in New Zealand. Read more
  • Our water: Groundwater  Quality
    November 2009
    This information sheet presents the key findings from data collected from over 900 groundwater sites throughout New Zealand between 1995 and 2008. Read more
  • MFE publication cover.
    July 2013
    The latest indicator update providing information on some of the values associated with New Zealand’s fresh and marine waters, measuring recreational water quality. Read more
  • Factsheet cover single use plastic bags
    May 2019
    This factsheet has information for businesses on the on the Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018 which take effect in New Zealand on 1 July 2019. Read more
  • cover for water research strategy
    December 2009
    The Water Research Strategy sets out the issues for water management and guides investment in water research. It is intended to guide the science sector to deliver the information and tools required to enable world class management of water resources in New Zealand. 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
  • FS19 Threatened species factsheet final cover
    December 2020
    This factsheet is part of a series and provides information on the new policies for threatened species.  Read more
  • FS08 Synthetic nitrogen fertiliser cap factsheet cover
    December 2020
    This factsheet is part of a series and provides information on the new regulations for the application of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser to pastoral land. Read more
  • Cover info sheet attributes in nps freshwater
    May 2020
    This information sheet describes how attributes in the new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management contribute to understanding how freshwater provides for ecosystem health and human contact. Read more
  • Ecosystem health factsheet cover
    December 2020
    This factsheet is part of a series and provides information on the new policies for ecosystem health in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020). Read more
  • FS30A Managing nitrogen factsheet final cover
    December 2020
    This factsheet is part of a series and provides information on the new policies for managing nitrogen in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020). Read more
  • cover-of-the-factsheet
    October 2020
    This factsheet provides information on the new policies for district plans and the role of territorial authorities in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020). Read more
  • FS30B Dissolved reactive phosphorus factsheet final cover
    December 2020
    This factsheet is part of a series and provides information on the new policies for managing dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020).  Read more
  • Mahinga kai and other Maori freshwater values factsheet cover
    December 2020
    This factsheet is part of a series and provides information on the new mahinga kai compulsory value, and other Māori values in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020).  Read more
  • June 2003
    The Fiordland Marine Conservation Strategy is an initiative of the Guardians of Fiordland’s Fisheries and Marine Environment community which promotes a new approach to protecting the Fiordland marine environment through co-operative and integrated management. Read more
  • FS31 Managing sediment factsheet final cover
    December 2020
    This factsheet is part of a series and provides information on the new policies for managing sediment (including deposited and suspended sediment) in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020).  Read more
  • FS23 Environmental flows and levels factsheet final cover
    December 2020
    This factsheet is part of a series and provides information on the new policies for setting environmental flows and levels, and requirements to set take limits, in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020).  Read more
  • Cover information sheet for iwi Maori freshwater
    May 2020
    This information sheet sets out an overview of what the new regulations mean from an iwi/Māori perspective, recognising the importance and significance freshwater has for iwi/Māori and the Crown’s responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi. Read more
  • Cover of the Conservation and science roadmap
    February 2017
    This Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap identifies the scientific knowledge required in the next 20 years to support decision-making into the future. Read more
  • Cover of fact sheet
    August 2017
    This series of fact sheets provides information on the changes made in August 2017 to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014. Read more
  • Cover of Essential Freshwater action for healthy waterways information for livestock farmers
    September 2019
    This information sheet focuses on the potential impacts for livestock famers of proposals outlined in the Action for healthy waterways: Discussion document on national direction for freshwater. Read more
  • Cover of Essential Freshwater action for healthy waterways information for growers
    September 2019
    This information sheet focuses on the potential impacts for growers of proposals outlined in the Action for healthy waterways: Discussion document on national direction for freshwater. Read more