Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (New Zealand)

Owning Institution
Government of New Zealand

Policy report

27 Jul 2017

This report examines how successive Governments can best deal with the ultimate intergenerational issue: climatechange.

Research report

31 May 2017

Examines the state of New Zealand’s native birds and what it might take to restore them in large numbers to the mainland

Research report

19 Oct 2016

In this report the Commissioner examines the issue of agricultural greenhouse gases – methane and nitrous oxide – which together form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. This high proportion of emissions coming from agriculture is a major challenge for New Zealand. The...

Research report

29 Jun 2016

This is a commentary by the Commissioner on Environment Aotearoa 2015 – the state of the environment report published last year by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand. The Commissioner’s commentary begins with a review of that report. It then presents the...

Research report

4 Nov 2014

An investigation of what is causing climate change and one of its major impacts – the rising level of the sea.


The level of the sea is constantly changing everywhere on Earth as tides rise and fall in predictable patterns. Both...

Research report

30 Jun 2014

This report analyses the complex system of laws, agencies, and processes that regulate New Zealand's oil and gas industry.


In part due to the technique of hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, more wells are being drilled in Taranaki and the amount of...

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