Future work priorities
Further areas of work are yet to be chosen, and this will be approached differently in 2016/17 because it will be Dr Wright’s final year in the role. Rather than choosing and beginning specific investigations, Dr Wright plans to scope and prepare material on a range of topics that could become fruitful avenues for investigation. This will then leave the incoming Commissioner with the flexibility to chart his or her own course in the role.
Dr Wright will continue to provide advice to select committees on environmental bills, such as amendments to the Resource Management Act, and from time to time make submissions on proposed environmental policies and regulations.
A number of past reports remain topical and continue to provide opportunities to follow up on findings and recommendations.