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Purpose of the report

New Zealand’s Environmental Reporting Series: Environment Aotearoa 2015 presents information about our air, atmosphere and climate, fresh water, land, and marine environment (referred to as ‘domains’). Biodiversity is included as a cross-domain theme.

This report provides:

  • accurate and reliable information to encourage discussion and inform decision-making on issues that affect the environment
  • the information New Zealanders need to understand the condition of our environment, why it is like that, and what it means for our economy, ecosystems, health, and society.

Environment Aotearoa 2015 is a source of information for all New Zealanders whose day-to-day decisions affect our environment – not just those responsible for environmental decision-making at a national or regional level. It is intended to form the basis of a national conversation about how to address the issues raised in the report. While much of the information is technical, we have made every effort to make this report accessible to a wide audience, from school students to policymakers and scientists.