National policy topics
Resource Management Reforms
The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) provides the legal framework for our resource management system. It sets out systems and process for decision making relating to the environment.
National freshwater policies include the Government's national freshwater reforms (NPSFM and NESFW), irrigation and water quality.
Land & biodiversity
The Government has policies which have an influence on land use, including urban development, protection of productive land and biodiversity.
Climate policy seeks to achieve New Zealand's climate change objectives through He Waka Eke Noa, emissions policy, renewable energy submissions and changes to the RMA.
Air quality includes updates on national-level air quality standards including regulations for air discharges of particles (smoke and dust) and agrichemicals.