Proposed national policy statement for highly productive land

Under development
This regulation is not finalised or in effect.

The Government is proposing a National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) to improve the way highly productive land is managed under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Would be under the

Resource Management Act

Lead agency

Ministry for Primary Industries with support from MfE


Public consultation undertaken from August – October 2019

Read the Discussion document [MPI website] 

Summary of Submissions report [MPI website] released on 30 July 2020. 

Update and next steps

Our Ministry and the Ministry for Primary Industries are continuing work on addressing the issues raised in submissions. This is to ensure that the proposed NPS-HPL is effective and promotes the sustainable management of New Zealand's productive land.

The work to further develop the policy was affected by the Government's need to focus on the response to COVID-19 and ongoing recovery. Final decisions on the proposed NPS-HPL will be made by ministers and Cabinet in mid-2022. If approved by Cabinet, the proposal would likely take effect in mid-2022.