The Commissioner warns that increasing numbers of tourists – both domestic and international – are putting our environment under pressure.
The Commissioner has released a detailed review review of how well Aotearoa New Zealand reports on the state of its environment.
The Commissioner's report explores a different approach to framing New Zealand’s long-term climate change targets and policies, and what that could mean for our landscapes.
The Commissioner has released a report into Overseer’s use in regulation to help maintain and improve water quality.
The Commissioner has released new research explaining the contribution that continued methane emissions from New Zealand’s livestock (mostly cows and sheep) would make to global warming.
The Commissioner has conducted an enquiry into the nature of claims being made around biodegradable and compostable plastics in the environment.
Mr Upton's first report as Commissioner contains detailed advice to Parliament on plans for a UK-style Zero Carbon Act and independent Climate Commission.
The current Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is Mr Simon Upton. As an independent Officer of Parliament, he has broad powers to investigate environmental concerns and is wholly independent of the government of the day.
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In this video, Mr Upton discusses his first report as Commissioner, in which he gives detailed advice to Parliament on plans for a Zero Carbon Act and an independent Climate Commission.