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Seeking feedback on National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity

The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB), was released on the 9 June 2022 by Manatū Mō Te Taiao (Ministry for the Environment) for public engagement and submissions.

The draft National Policy Statement sets out detailed provisions intended to provide councils with direction on their responsibilities for protecting, maintaining and restoring indigenous biodiversity within their regions and districts.

Manatū Mō Te Taiao is seeking people’s views on the overall exposure draft policy to ensure its provisions are workable.

This draft NPS-IB will sit within the Resource Management System alongside other National Policy Statements that provide the objectives and policies for matters of national significance that are relevant to achieving the Resource Management Acts purpose.

The implementation of this draft National Policy Statement will have an impact on Māori land owners, particularly on how to maintain and restore indigenous biodiversity on whenua Māori, protecting significant natural areas (SNAs) and identifying tāonga on whenua. 

Contributing to Te Tumu Paeroa submission

Te Tumu Paeroa is currently reviewing the draft NPS-IB and will be making a submission. Te Tumu Paeroa is inviting owners of whenua administered by the Māori Trustee to provide feedback on the draft NPS-IB for this submission.

The Manatū Mō Te Taiao submission period closes on 21 July 2022, however we ask owners to contact us with their feedback on the NPS-IB by 1 July 2022 to ensure we are able to include any of their valuable feedback within our submission. All responses will be collated into categories, and we will submit them as a collective, not as individual comments.

We strongly encourage owners to also write their own individual submissions to ensure their views on particular points are heard.

Feedback for the Te Tumu Paeroa submission should be sent to [email protected] with the subject National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity by 1 July 2022.

Further information on the draft NPS-IB and how you can individually submit can be found at the following links:

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