Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (New Zealand)


Restricting the production of fossil fuels in Aotearoa New Zealand

In 2018, the New Zealand Government decided not to grant any new petroleum prospecting, exploration and mining permits outside onshore Taranaki. The aim of this report is to extend the existing analysis by providing an assessment of what is known about the environmental effectiveness and...

Pristine, popular... imperilled?

This report addresses the environmental and cultural impacts of tourism and what ongoing business-as-usual growth could mean for the environment and the vulnerability of the tourism sector.

Focusing Aotearoa New Zealand’s environmental reporting system

This report is a detailed review of how well Aotearoa New Zealand reports on the state of its environment. The Commissioner has found that huge gaps in data and knowledge undermine our stewardship of the environment, and recommends concerted action and serious investment to improve...

Farms, forests and fossil fuels: the next great landscape transformation?

This report explores a different approach to framing New Zealand’s long-term climate change targets and policies, and what that could mean for the landscapes.

A note on New Zealand’s methane emissions from livestock

Modelling was commissioned to provide a better understanding of the contribution of New Zealand’s livestock methane to warming. The commissioner is releasing the results of the modelling to ensure that wider policy discussions are grounded in the underlying science.