National-level direction and guidance supports local decision-making under the RMA and includes:
- statutory mechanisms eg, national policy statements, national environmental standards, national planning standards and regulations
- non-statutory mechanisms eg, guidelines and government strategies).
The Ministry’s focus in 2019 is on four policy areas of national direction that will be released for public consultation between August and October 2019: Urban Development, Indigenous Biodiversity, Essential Freshwater, and Highly Productive Land.
This factsheet is one of 12 factsheets produced for the Environment Committee’s 2019/20 Estimates examination of Vote Environment.