National policy statement for highly productive land

This policy is about ensuring the availability of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most favourable soils for food and fibre production.

Lead agency

Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries


The policy was gazetted on Monday 19 September 2022 and is in effect from Monday 17 October 2022.

What it does

The policy provides direction to improve the way highly productive land is managed under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

This is achieved through clear and consistent guidance to councils on how to:

Cabinet papers and briefings

Guidance and factsheets