We are the Government’s primary adviser on environmental matters. We also have a stewardship role which involves taking a long-term perspective on environmental issues when making decisions.
Our strategic priorities cover:
- transform the environmental management system
- the Treaty of Waitangi is reflected in environmental decision-making
- improve the quality of New Zealand’s urban environments
- build a sustainable and resilient land and food system
- New Zealand transitions to a climate-resilient, low-emission and circular economy
- improve how New Zealand’s natural resources are allocated
- connect people and communities with Te Taiao.
The Climate Change Commission’s role is to provide independent, evidence-based advice to Government to help New Zealand transition to a climate-resilient and low emissions future.
The Department of Conservation is responsible for conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage.
- administering public conservation land
- coastal area management
- marine mammal conservation
- managing large tracts of native forest
- providing policy advice on climate change issues where they relate to conservation issues
- managing New Zealand’s marine reserves.Visit the Department of Conservation website.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment develops and delivers policy, services, advice and regulation to support business growth and the prosperity and well-being of all New Zealanders.
- being the lead agency to deliver the New Zealand Energy Strategy
- research into carbon capture and storage, energy information and modelling
- providing science and technology policy advice to the Government
- investing money in science and research on behalf of the New Zealand Government.
The Ministry for Primary Industries' role within the environment space includes increasing sustainable resource use and protecting New Zealand from biological risk.
It does this by:
- contributing to government policy on climate change in a number of areas including:
- policy development and implementation of the NZ ETS
- adaptation to climate change
- funding and research activities relating to agriculture and forestry policy
- fisheries management
- leading work on marine biodiversity and biosecurity.
The Ministry of Transport leads and generates policy on transport, including climate change and environmental issues related to transport.
- leading work on biofuels, electric vehicles, other alternative fuels and technologies and the energy efficiency of commercial fleets
- responsibility for the Maritime Transport Act 1994.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is the government's lead adviser and negotiator on foreign and trade policy, including climate change, and environmental and natural resource issues.
- working with other agencies to represent New Zealand at global forums on solutions to global environmental challenges
- leading New Zealand’s international climate change negotiations.