The role of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
Public Law Toolbox Launch
1 May 2012
The three Officers of Parliament have different legislation and very different roles.
Of course what we have in common is political independence.
We serve Parliament, not Government.
There are other Commissioners in Wellington – Families, Children, Retirement – who are appointed by Government,
It’s confusing and I find that the extent of my independence is generally not understood.
And indeed when the position that I hold was created, Parliament spoke at length about it as Environmental Auditor and Environmental Ombudsman.