Assistance to Parliament is the Commissioner's highest work priority and is governed by a Code of Practice developed through the Officers of Parliament Committee (updated in August 2007).
An opportunity to assist select committees arises when a bill or inquiry could lead to significant environmental impacts, positive or negative.
The Commissioner also assists Parliament through briefings to select committees or by open invitation to members of Parliament. Such briefings will always be offered when an investigation is complete and the report has been tabled in the House.
|Submission on New Zealand's contribution to the new international climate change agreement
|Submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill to the Local Government and Environment Committee
|Proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011
|PCE freshwater reforms submission - April, 2013
|Improving our resource management system: A discussion document Submission to the Minister for the Environment
|Resource Management Reform Bill Submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee
|Submission on the proposed regulations restricting the use of certain international units in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme
|Submission on the Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill
|Submission on the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill
|Submission on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
|Submission on the Emissions Trading Scheme 2012 consultation
|Submission on the Game Animal Council Bill
|Submission on the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill
|Measuring Up: Environmental Reporting Discussion document submission
|Green Growth Issues for New Zealand Feedback to the Green Growth Advisory Group
|Lignite Briefing to Local Government and Environment Select Committee
|Presentation to the Commerce Select Committee on Smart meters and smart grid
|Submission to the Electricity Authority: Advanced Metering Infrastructure
|Emissions Trading Scheme Review
|Feedback to the Ministry for the Environment: 2050 Emissions Reduction Target
|Feedback to Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Review of MAF Afforestation Schemes
|Feedback to Ministry of Economic Development: Reviewing Aspects of the Engine Fuel Specifications Regulations 2008
|Submission to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee: The Environmental Protection Authority Bill
|Submission on draft NZ Energy Strategy
In my role as an independent advisor I have often commented that climate change is the biggest environmental problem of our time. I was therefore disappointed to see that in terms of the draft Energy Strategy the aim to “Reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions” was relegated to the twelfth area of focus.
|Submission on Proposed Changes to the Air Quality NES
|Submission on the Schedule 4 stocktake discussion document
This is the Commissioner's submission on the the Schedule 4 stocktake discussion document.
|Submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Electricity Industry Bill
|Submission on Forestry Regulations under the ETS
|Submission on the Electricity Industry Bill
This is the Commissioner's submission on the Electricity Industry Bill, which recommends the Electricity Authority provide for the development of a smart grid.
|Submission on Industrial Allocation Regulations under the ETS
This is the Commissioner's submission to the Ministry for the Environment on the regulations for the allocation of carbon credits for industry under the ETS.
|Response to submitters on Smart Meters report
This is the Commissioner's speech to the Commerce Select Committee responding to submissions on her report "Smart electricity meters: How households and the environment can benefit"
|Submission on the Sustainable Biofuels Bill
This is the Commissioner's written submission and oral presentation notes on Jeanette Fitzsimon's Sustainable Biofuels Bill.
|Submission on the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill
This is the Commissioner's submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the proposed amendments to the Emissions Trading System.
|Submission on the Improving Electricity Market Performance discussion document
This is the Commissioner's submission on the Improving Electricity Market Performance discussion document, following on from her Smart Meters report
|Advice on the ETS Review 2009
The ETS presentation is mostly focused on omissions – things we think the officials should have said or spent more time analysing.
|Advice on the RMA Amendment Bill 2009
The Commissioner's advice to the Local Government and Environment Committee on the Resource Management Act Amendment Bill 2009
|Follow up on the renewable preference component of the Climate Change Bill
The Commissioner's response to advice from officials concerning her recommendations on the renewable preference part of the Climate Change Bill
|Follow up on the environmental effects of the ETS
The Commissioner's reponse to advice from officials concerning her recommendations on the environmental effects of the ETS
|Advice on the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill
The Commissioner's submission in favour of establishing an Emissions Trading Scheme
|Review of Cawthron Report on Emissions Trading Scheme
An independent review of the Cawthron Report
|Briefing on the Biofuel Bill 2008
The Commissioner's submission on the Biofuel Bill in 2008.
|Briefing on the Waste Minimisation Bill
The Commissioner's briefing on the effectiveness of the Waste Minimisation Bill
|Briefing to the Monetary Policy Inquiry
The Commissioner answers a number of interlinked questions about the impact of environmental limits on inflation and economic growth.
|Briefing on dairy farming impact on water quantity and quality
The Commissioner's briefing to the Primary Production Committee on water quality and quantity
|Briefing on housing affordability: housing's long-term energy costs
Briefing on the energy costs and environmental impacts of households