Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island

Submissions and Advice

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.

TitleDate
Submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill to the Local Government and Environment Committee

Apr 2014
Proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011

Feb 2014
PCE freshwater reforms submission - April, 2013

Apr 2013
Improving our resource management system: A discussion document Submission to the Minister for the Environment

Apr 2013
Resource Management Reform Bill Submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee

Mar 2013
Submission on the proposed regulations restricting the use of certain international units in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

Nov 2012
Submission on the Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill

Nov 2012
Submission on the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill

Nov 2012
Submission on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

Sep 2012
Submission on the Emissions Trading Scheme 2012 consultation

May 2012
Submission on the Game Animal Council Bill

Apr 2012
Submission on the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill

Dec 2011
Measuring Up: Environmental Reporting Discussion document submission

Oct 2011
Green Growth Issues for New Zealand Feedback to the Green Growth Advisory Group

Sep 2011
Lignite Briefing to Local Government and Environment Select Committee

Aug 2011
Presentation to the Commerce Select Committee on Smart meters and smart grid

Aug 2011
Submission to the Electricity Authority: Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Jun 2011
Emissions Trading Scheme Review

Apr 2011
Feedback to the Ministry for the Environment: 2050 Emissions Reduction Target

Feb 2011
Feedback to Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Review of MAF Afforestation Schemes

Feb 2011
Feedback to Ministry of Economic Development: Reviewing Aspects of the Engine Fuel Specifications Regulations 2008

Feb 2011
Submission to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee: The Environmental Protection Authority Bill

Feb 2011
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.

Sep 2010
Submission on Proposed Changes to the Air Quality NES

Jul 2010
Submission on the Schedule 4 stocktake discussion document

This is the Commissioner's submission on the the Schedule 4 stocktake discussion document.

Apr 2010
Submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Electricity Industry Bill

Mar 2010
Submission on Forestry Regulations under the ETS

Mar 2010
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.

Feb 2010
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.

Feb 2010
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"

Dec 2009
Submission on the Sustainable Biofuels Bill

This is the Commissioner's written submission and oral presentation notes on Jeanette Fitzsimon's Sustainable Biofuels Bill.

Oct 2009
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.

Oct 2009
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

Sep 2009
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.

Aug 2009
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

Apr 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

Jun 2008
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

Jun 2008
Advice on the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill

The Commissioner's submission in favour of establishing an Emissions Trading Scheme

May 2008
Review of Cawthron Report on Emissions Trading Scheme

An independent review of the Cawthron Report

May 2008
Briefing on the Biofuel Bill 2008

The Commissioner's submission on the Biofuel Bill in 2008.

Apr 2008
Briefing on the Waste Minimisation Bill

The Commissioner's briefing on the effectiveness of the Waste Minimisation Bill

Feb 2008
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.

Feb 2008
Briefing on dairy farming impact on water quantity and quality

The Commissioner's briefing to the Primary Production Committee on water quality and quantity

Oct 2007
Briefing on housing affordability: housing's long-term energy costs

Briefing on the energy costs and environmental impacts of households

Sep 2007