Proposed National Policy Statement - Indigenous Biodiversity

Consultation is now open on the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (the pNPS-IB). The Government released the pNPS-IB in November, along with a discussion document. 

The pNPS-IB contains a national direction for managing and improving indigenous biodiversity. It proposes a clear framework for the identification, mapping and protection of significant natural areas in a consistent manner throughout New Zealand. 

The pNPS-IB places requirements on both councils and landowners. Landowners most affected will be those with holdings in rural areas; primarily farmers and foresters due to the nature of the indigenous biodiversity that is present on farms and in plantation forests. Existing uses such as farming and forestry are proposed to be allowed, however the pNPS-IB will in some cases require that the activity is conducted in a way that ensures indigenous biodiversity is maintained. New land uses will in some cases attract a higher level of regulation by the pNPS-IB.

To read more about the pNPS-IB, and/or to make a submission, follow this link to the page on the Ministry for the Environment website.

Submissions close 14 March 2020 at 5 pm. If you want to discuss how the pNPS-IB might affect you, or for help with preparing a submission, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team here at Adderley Head.

 Disclaimer: This is a brief summary for information purposes only and is not legal advice.


Posted on Friday 20th December, 2019 at 10:15 am