Councils play a critical role in managing natural resources for the long-term benefit of New Zealanders.
There are a range of environmental challenges facing councils. Councils, especially our regional councils, have a significant role in achieving sustainable resource management and good environmental health outcomes.
We are working to shape environmental policies and reforms, with recent focus areas including protecting and restoring indigenous biodiversity, standardising recycling and improving collection systems across the country/motu, ensuring that freedom camping happens in a way that supports good environmental outcomes, and our work as part of the Joint Forestry Project to support councils/kaunihera in regulating forestry practice.
Our work to date
The timeline below summarises activity to date.
We made a joint submission under the Joint Forestry Project regarding to the Government’s inquiry into forestry slash.
We advocated for the National Environmental Standard on Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) to be strengthened.
We worked with Taituarā and Te Uru Kahika to provide feedback on the draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity.
We published a submission on the recycling system across the country.
We published a submission on exotic afforestation in the Emissions Trading Scheme.
We published a freedom camping resource for councils and tourism operators.
We published a think piece on how we could better manage our indigenous biodiversity with a particular focus on the role and work of regional councils.