Welcome to the Environmental Protection Authority
In achieving our mission to protect people and the environment, we understand the need to consider New Zealand’s ability to develop economically, culturally and socially. We do this by delivering robust, objective decisions on environmental matters, and ensuring compliance with rules.
EPA manages the decision making process for proposals of national significance. Major roading projects and wind farms are examples of large infrastructure or public works projects that may be nationally significant proposals.
We are responsible for managing the environmental effects of restricted activities in NZ's Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf.
From petrol and LPG to toothpaste and fireworks - there are more than 100,000 hazardous substances in common use. We set the rules for safe use.
The EPA manages the administration of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the operation of the New Zealand Emission Unit Register.
New Zealand's economy relies on organisms that are not native to New Zealand. The EPA ensures new organisms can be imported without harming our environment.
The EPA supports iwi and applicants through the engagement process and ensures Māori perspectives are considered in our decision making.
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Search our databases to get documents and records relating to hazardous substances and new organisms, resource management proposals and EEZ applications.