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New Zealand, its people and economy, rely on animals, plants and chemicals that benefit our daily lives but also have some inherent risks if not managed. We help safeguard people and the environment by regulating new organisms and hazardous substances to control the risks and enjoy the benefits.

What we do
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Who we are

The EPA is the government agency responsible for regulatory functions concerning New Zealand's environmental management.

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What we do

We administer applications for projects of national significance and the Emissions Trading Scheme. We regulate new organisms and hazardous substances, and activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone.


See available roles and job vacancies, qualifications we seek, and application forms and information


Corporate publications

Statements of intent, annual reports, CEO's expenses and briefings to the incoming Minister.

Monitoring and reporting

Monitoring reports on the use of hazardous substances and new organisms, and 1080 watch list.


Fees and charges

Fees for hazardous substances and new organisms applications, certificates, and licences.

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International obligations

New Zealand is party to international agreements, with potential relevance to applicants.

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Submissions are a way you can contribute towards decision-making.


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