Mission and values

Our mission

To maintain or improve the quality of the environment by providing robust independent advice that influences decisions.

Our values


The questions we raise and the solutions we propose are based on sound science and reasoned argument. We are accountable to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand and deliver value for the funding we receive.


We bravely and constructively question the status quo. We persist in communicating the results of our work in different ways to maximise its usefulness.

Generosity of spirit

We work together in an open, collegial way, sharing our expertise, listening carefully and not rushing to judgment. We actively acknowledge decisions and actions that benefit the environment.


Our independence empowers us to think freely and creatively. We strive to get beyond describing problems to proposing solutions.


Others trust and respond to our advice. Our work has a lasting and tangible impact on the New Zealand environment.

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Mission and values - Te Reo Maori

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