Land & biodiversity
The effects of land use are generally managed by Councils through District Plans - however the Government has policy which has an influence on land use, including:
- Urban development
- Protection of productive land
Horticulture New Zealand is advocating for a policy that recognises the importance of maintaining the productivity of New Zealand’s best land, so it can be used for growing productively now and in the future.
In October 2019, Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries released for feedback a discussion document for the proposed National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL). This document would provide national level policy for managing and protecting highly productive land under the Resource Management Act.
HortNZ made a submission, along with 250 other submitters. The summary of submissions is available in MfE’s website.
The next steps for progressing the NPS-HPL have been delayed due to Covid-19. Final decisions on the proposed NPS-HPL will be made by ministers and Cabinet in the first half of 2022. If approved by Cabinet, the proposal would likely take effect in the first half of 2022.
Te Mana o te Taiao – Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020 provides the overall strategic direction for biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand for the next 30 years.
HortNZ made a submission supporting the overall vision and sought recognition of the importance of ecosystems services in supporting food production. These values are recognised within the strategy:
Our international brand and domestic tourism, our resilience to climate change, the health of our fisheries, forests and productive soils – these are all dependent on the ecosystem services provided by healthy nature. There are also cultural, social and human health benefits that need to be recognised and considered as part of the value of nature.
Te Mana o te Taiao is a visioning document that is intended to be implemented through various means, including national policy as well as policy and rules within the regional and district Plans, that impact on the protection and restoration of biodiversity. An implementation plan will be released in 2021.
HortNZ submitted on the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) in early 2020. The government is still considering submissions. The timeframe for the delivery of the NPSIB has been extended until April 2021.