This summary provides an overview of Environment Aotearoa 2019. Using five broad themes, Environment Aotearoa 21019 presents nine priority environmental issues.

Corrections

Correction 6 January 2020

We have corrected a sentence on page 27 of Environment Aotearoa 2019 summary. The sentence originally said: Road vehicles are our main source of CO2 emissions. We have the highest rate of car ownership in the OECD, and our cars are old compared to other OECD countries. The sentence now says: Road vehicles are our main source of CO2 emissions. We have the highest rate of car ownership in the OECD, which, combined with relatively high CO2 emissions per kilometre of newly registered vehicles, means that New Zealand is among the highest OECD countries for emissions of CO2 per capita from on-road transport.

Correction 12 August 2020

We have corrected a sentence in Issue 6: Taking water changes flows which affects our freshwater ecosystems. The sentence ‘In 2014, New Zealand had the second highest volume of water take per person of OECD countries.’ has been changed to ‘In 2014, New Zealand’s consented water allocation per person was 2,162 cubic metres.’

Publication reference number: ME 1417

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