Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)


Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)
Ministry for the Environment
Manatū Mō Te Taiao
Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand) logo.png
Ministry for the Environment logo
Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Minister responsible Hon Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment
Agency executive Paul Reynolds, Chief Executive
Website
http://mfe.govt.nz/

The Ministry for the Environment (Māori: Manatū Mō Te Taiao) (MfE) advises the New Zealand Government on environmental laws, policies, standards and guidelines. It was established in 1986 as part of the Environment Act 1986.

The Environmental Protection Authority was set up in 2011 to carry out some of the environmental regulatory functions of the MfE as well as other government departments.

In 1997 the Ministry released New Zealand's first State of the Environment report.[1] This was followed up in 2008 by a second report titled Environment New Zealand 2007.[2] Chapter 13 of this report was removed before final publication but was leaked to the Green Party. After the media reported the existence of the omitted chapter the Ministry placed the contents on its website.[3]

The Ministry for the Environment administer a number of environmental funds:[4]

  • Waste Minimisation Fund
  • Environmental Legal Assistance Fund
  • Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund

They also run the Green Ribbon Awards which have been given out by the Minister for the Environment since 1990.[5]

Ministers for the Environment

Name PM served Took office Left office Party
1 Geoffrey Palmer Lange, Palmer 1987 September 1990 Labour
2 Simon Upton Bolger, Shipley 1990 1999 National
3 Marian Hobbs Clark 10 December 1999 19 October 2005 Labour
4 David Benson-Pope Clark 19 October 2005 27 July 2007 Labour
David Parker (Acting) Clark 27 July 2007 31 October 2007[6] Labour
5 Trevor Mallard Clark 31 October 2007 19 November 2008 Labour
6 Nick Smith Key 19 November 2008 Incumbent National

See also

References

  1. ^ The State of New Zealand’s Environment 1997, Report Ref. ME612, Ministry for the Environment, Wellington, New Zealand.
  2. ^ "State of Environment New Zealand report welcomed". New Zealand Government. 2008-01-31. http://feeds.beehive.govt.nz/release/state+environment+new+zealand+report+welcomed. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Ministry stands by decision to drop conclusion chapter Media release: 11 February 2008". Ministry for the Environment. 2008-02-11. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/news/enz07-draft-conclusion-chapter-11feb08.html. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Sources of funding for projects and participation". Ministry for the Environment. 14 February 2011. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/funding/. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Green Ribbon Awards". Ministry for the Environment. 15 April 2011. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/awards/green-ribbon.html. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Rt. Hon Helen Clark, 27 July 2007, Acting Ministers in portfolios, New Zealand Government Press Release, retrieved 25 November 2007.

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