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  • February 2000
    The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy establishes a framework for action to conserve and sustainably use and manage New Zealand's biodiversity. Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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    This environment snapshot has been superseded by the October 2012 Recreational water quality in New Zealand indicator update and the 2013 Suitability for swimming indicator update.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
  • New Zealand Periphyton Guideline: Detecting, Monitoring and Managing Enrichment of Streams
    June 2000
    A background review of the structure and value of periphyton communities in streams, factors controlling growth and composition of periphyton, and the effects of human activities on the community. 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
  • Land use environmental snapshot
    January 2010
    This environmental snapshot provides information on the pressures on New Zealand’s environment from land use. Read more
  • MFE publication cover.
    July 2013
    The latest indicator update providing information on the biophysical condition of New Zealand's rivers. 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
  • 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
  • Cover of Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity
    January 2011
    The proposed NPS on Indigenous Biodiversity sets out the Government's expectations for managing New Zealand's indigenous biodiversity under the Resource Management Act 1991. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cover of productive sustainable land factsheet
    July 2019
    This factsheet about on work on productive and sustainable land is one of 12 factsheets produced for the Environment Committee’s 2019/20 Estimates examination of Vote Environment.    Read more
  • Cover of PFAS factsheet
    July 2019
    This factsheet about the Ministry's work on PFAS is one of 12 factsheets produced for the Environment Committee’s 2019/20 Estimates examination of Vote Environment.    Read more
  • Cover of contaminated land factsheet
    July 2019
    This factsheet is about our work on contaminated land and is one of 12 factsheets produced for the Environment Committee’s 2019/20 Estimates examination of Vote Environment. Read more
  • Users' Guide: National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health
    April 2012
    This users’ guide explains the regulations and provides guidance to territorial and unitary authorities on implementing the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health. Read more
  • Cover of Draft National Policy Statement for Biodiversity
    November 2019
    The proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) sets out the objectives and policies to identify, protect, manage and restore indigenous biodiversity under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Read more