Public consultation on the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) took place between November 2019 and January 2020.
We are continuing work on addressing the issues raised in submissions and hui during consultation. This is to ensure that the NPSIB promotes the maintenance and protection of indigenous biodiversity while also providing for the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of communities.
Decisions on the release of an exposure draft of the NPSIB will now be made in the first half of 2022. The exposure draft responds to feedback from submissions and hui and will help test the workability of updated proposals.
This timing will enable further work on support measures to sit alongside the national direction to ensure that iwi/Māori, landowners, councils and other stakeholders are assisted to protect our indigenous biodiversity.