On 12 October 2020, the Commissioner gave the RMLA Salmon Lecture 2020 commenting on the current debate around the future of the Resource Management Act 1991.
The Commissioner is calling for an approach to managing estuaries that treats estuaries and the waterways that feed into them as a single entity from the mountains to the sea, ki uta ki tai.
A note on the ban on new petroleum permits outside onshore Taranaki
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 conducted an enquiry into the nature of claims being made around biodegradable and compostable plastics in the environment.
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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03 July 2020
21 April 2020
18 December 2019
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.