Proposed national policy statement for indigenous biodiversity

Under development
This regulation is not finalised or in effect.

The Government is proposing a National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity. This builds on a draft created by the Biodiversity Collaborative Group.

Would be under the

Resource Management Act

Lead agency

MfE with support from the Department of Conservation

Status

Following the election at the end of 2020, the Associate Minister for the Environment (Biodiversity) Hon James Shaw became the Minister responsible for the delivery of the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity.

The Associate Minister for the Environment recently agreed to extend the timeframe for the delivery of the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity to the end of 2021 (the previous timeframe for delivery was April 2021). 

The longer timeframe means the joint project team (Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation) can continue to work on an implementation plan to support the roll-out of the policy statement once it is finalised. It also allows for the development of an ‘exposure draft’ to enable testing of the drafting prior to the NPS being finalised. 

Timeline

  • 26 November 2019 – Consultation opened
  • 14 March 2020 – Consultation closed
  • 31 August 2020 – Summary of submissions released
  • Mid 2021 – Exposure draft
  • End of 2021 – Gazettal

About the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity

In Aotearoa New Zealand we have many native plants, birds and animals that are unique to our country. Some of these, along with their ecosystems, are under threat of extinction. The Government is proposing a National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity. This builds on a draft created by the Biodiversity Collaborative Group. It has been developed by the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation.

More from the consultation held from November 2019 to March 2020

To access individual submissions from the consultation see Help protect native plants, birds and animals [National Library website archive]