Protecting our valuable land – our proposal, your views

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Our land is a taonga – an irreplaceable treasure and a source of life and wellbeing for our country. Our economy depends on it. Our history and culture are tied to it. However, our productive land is at risk. 

The Government is proposing a National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) to improve the way highly productive land is managed under the Resource Management Act 1991.

The purpose is to:

  • recognise the full range of values and benefits associated with its use for primary production
  • maintain its availability for primary production for future generations
  • protect it from inappropriate subdivision, use and development.

The Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for the Environment developed the proposal together.

See the discussion document on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

The consultation closed on 10 October 2019.

Update and next steps

  • The Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries are continuing work on addressing the issues raised in submissions. This is to ensure that the proposed NPS-HPL is effective and promotes the sustainable management of New Zealand's productive land.
  • Final advice on the proposed NPS-HPL will go to Ministers and Cabinet for approval. If approved by Cabinet, the proposal would likely take effect in the first half of 2021.

What you told us

The Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries have summarised submissions and prepared a Summary of Submissions report based upon the information received during the public consultation period. 

Read the Summary of submissions report [Ministry for Primary Industries website]. 

Information sessions

We held public meetings around New Zealand to discuss this and other proposals we are currently consulting on. Together, these proposals will help us protect our environment and address the issues raised in Environment Aotearoa 2019.

See the meetings we held