Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)

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Ministry for the Environment
Manatū Mō Te Taiao
Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand) logo.png
Ministry for the Environment logo
Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Minister responsible Hon Amy Adams, Minister for the Environment
Hon Tim Groser, Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues
Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Simon Bridges
Agency executive Paul Reynolds, Chief Executive
Website mfe.govt.nz

The Ministry for the Environment (Māori: Manatū Mō Te Taiao) (MfE) advises the New Zealand Government on environmental laws, policies, standards and guidelines. It was established in 1986 as part of the Environment Act 1986.

Description[edit]

Since 1988, the Ministry of the Environment has coordinated New Zealand's interdepartmental policy response to climate change.[1]

The Environmental Protection Authority was set up in 2011 to carry out some of the environmental regulatory functions of the MfE as well as other government departments.

In 1997 the Ministry released New Zealand's first State of the Environment report.[2] This was followed up in 2008 by a second report titled Environment New Zealand 2007.[3] Chapter 13 of this report was removed before final publication but was leaked to the Green Party. After the media reported the existence of the omitted chapter the Ministry placed the contents on its website.[4]

The Ministry for the Environment administer a number of environmental funds:[5]

  • Waste Minimisation Fund
  • Environmental Legal Assistance Fund
  • Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund

They also run the Green Ribbon Awards which have been given out by the Minister for the Environment since 1990.[6]

Ministers for the Environment[edit]

Name PM served Took office Left office Party
1 Duncan MacIntyre[7] Marshall 9 February 1972 8 December 1972 National
2 Joe Walding[8] Kirk 8 December 1972 10 September 1974 Labour
3 Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan[9] Rowling 10 September 1974 12 December 1975 Labour
4 Venn Young[10] Muldoon 12 December 1975 12 February 1981 National
5 Ian Shearer[11] 12 February 1981 26 July 1984 National
6 Russell Marshall[12][13] Lange 26 July 1984 17 February 1986 Labour
7 Phil Goff[14][15] 17 February 1986 24 August 1987 Labour
8 Geoffrey Palmer[16] Lange, Palmer 24 August 1987 September 1990 Labour
9 Simon Upton Bolger, Shipley 1990 1999 National
10 Marian Hobbs Clark 10 December 1999 19 October 2005 Labour
11 David Benson-Pope 19 October 2005 27 July 2007 Labour
12 David Parker (acting) 27 July 2007 31 October 2007[17] Labour
13 Trevor Mallard 31 October 2007 19 November 2008 Labour
14 Nick Smith Key 19 November 2008 21 March 2012 [18] National
15 Chris Finlayson (acting) 21 March 2012 April 2012 National
16 Amy Adams April 2012 Incumbent National

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ratnasiri et al (12 June 1996). "Report on the in-depth review of the national communication of New Zealand". UNFCCC. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ The State of New Zealand’s Environment 1997, Report Ref. ME612, Ministry for the Environment, Wellington, New Zealand.
  3. ^ "State of Environment New Zealand report welcomed". New Zealand Government. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ministry stands by decision to drop conclusion chapter Media release: 11 February 2008". Ministry for the Environment. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Sources of funding for projects and participation". Ministry for the Environment. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Green Ribbon Awards". Ministry for the Environment. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 91.
  8. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 92.
  9. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 93.
  10. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 95.
  11. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 96.
  12. ^ "Resignation of Minister" (13 February 1986) 22 New Zealand Gazette 763
  13. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 97.
  14. ^ "Ministers Appointed" (13 February 1986) 22 New Zealand Gazette 763
  15. ^ "Resignation of Ministers" (20 August 1987) 143 New Zealand Gazette 4053.
  16. ^ "Appointment of Ministers" (20 August 1987) 143 New Zealand Gazette at 4053 at 4054.
  17. ^ Rt. Hon Helen Clark, 27 July 2007, Acting Ministers in portfolios, New Zealand Government Press Release, retrieved 25 November 2007.
  18. ^ staff, NZ Herald Online (21 March 2012). "Key 'very disappointed', names new ministers". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 

References[edit]

  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 

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