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Appendix 4: How to make a submission

The Government welcomes your feedback on this National Policy Statement. A number of questions are provided here to guide your feedback on the proposal. You may also choose to raise other issues and/or only respond to some of the issues or questions. To ensure your point of view is clearly understood and also to provide more evidence to support the Government’s decisions, you should provide reasons for your answers or in support of your position.

  • To make a submission, you can fill in the form, by downloading a writable version and then emailing it back to us, or prepare your submission in a separate document using this form as a guide. The Ministry prefers submissions to be provided in electronic form, however we will accept submissions sent by post, provided that they arrive by the closing date. Please send only one copy of your submission.

The closing time and date for submissions is 5:00pm on 2 May 2011.

After receiving submissions, the Ministry will evaluate them and may, where necessary, seek further comments. After this, recommendations will be developed for Ministers, and then Cabinet, to consider.

Contact for queries and submissions

Please direct all submissions and any queries to:
Telephone: 04 439 7419
Facsimile: 04 439 7700
Email:biodiversity@mfe.govt.nz      
Postal: Land and Water Management Team, Ministry for the Environment, Environment House, 23 Kate Sheppard Place, PO Box 10362, Wellington, New Zealand.

Publishing and releasing submissions

The Ministry may publish all or part of any written submission on its website, www.mfe.govt.nz. Unless you clearly specify otherwise in your submission, the Ministry will consider that you have consented to website posting.

In any case, contents of submissions provided to the Ministry will likely have to be released to the public under the Official Information Act 1982 following requests to the Ministry (including via email). Please advise if you have any objection to the release of any information contained in a submission, and, in particular, which part(s) you consider should be withheld, together with the reason(s) for withholding the information. The Ministry will take into account all such objections when responding to requests for copies of, and information on, submissions to this document under the Official Information Act 1982.

The Privacy Act 1993 establishes certain principles with respect to the collection, use and disclosure of information about individuals by various agencies, including the Ministry. It governs access by individuals to information about themselves held by agencies. Any personal information you supply to the Ministry in the course of making a submission will be used by the Ministry only in conjunction with the matters covered by this document. Please clearly indicate in your submission if you do not wish your name to be included in any summary of submissions that the Ministry may publish.