Have your say

We are seeking feedback on the following proposals.

  • Amending the definition of ‘natural wetland’ to make it clearer.
  • Making it easier to undertake maintenance and restoration activities in and around natural wetlands.
  • Providing regulatory provision for biosecurity activities in and around natural wetlands.
  • Including Resource Management Act consenting pathways for the following activities to be undertaken in and around natural wetlands:
    • quarrying; landfills;
    • cleanfills and managed fills;
    • mineral mining;
    • urban development.

Find out more and have your say

The consultation closes at midnight on 27 October 2021.

About wetlands

Wetlands play an important role in maintaining the health of New Zealand’s waters as a natural filter, support a raft of animal and plant life and are of cultural and spiritual significance to tangata whenua.

But New Zealand’s wetlands are at risk, 90 percent of wetlands have been lost since human settlement began and there is ongoing degradation and loss. The Government is committed to preserving the ecological value of wetlands.

Regulation of natural wetlands

For regulation purposes ‘natural wetlands’ excludes areas of wetted pasture, geothermal wetlands and wetlands constructed for purposes other than offsetting. 

Regulation and protection of ‘natural wetlands’ is mainly through the:

The NPS-FM and NES-F are currently being implemented by councils and others across New Zealand. 

They were introduced last year as part of the Government’s Essential Freshwater package

Find out more

For more information on the proposed amendments to the wetlands provisions contact WetlandsTeam@mfe.govt.nz.