Public views sought on future environmental reporting topics

  • Craig Foss
  • Nick Smith
Statistics Environment

New Zealanders are being invited to have their say about proposed topics under the new national environmental reporting system, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Statistics Minister Craig Foss announced today.

“The Environmental Reporting Act passed by Parliament in September requires fair and accurate reports on the state of our environment. It means our country’s clean, green brand will now be assessed against authoritative and independent data across five domains. Today we are calling for submissions on what New Zealanders think are the priorities for reporting across these domains,” Dr Smith says.

The new Environmental Reporting Act requires the Secretary for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand to publish a report every six months on one of the five environmental domains (air, freshwater, land, marine, atmosphere and climate), beginning with freshwater in 2016. A synthesis report, with analysis of all five domains, will be published every three years. The topics for future reports will be set in regulations under the Act.

Mr Foss says the Government Statistician decides on the statistics used to measure the topics.

“Statistics New Zealand is world-leading, with sound credentials — it provides New Zealand with critical economic indicators such as GDP and CPI. It brings the same reputation for statistical integrity and independence to environmental reporting,” Mr Foss says.

“I encourage New Zealanders to make a submission on future topics for environmental reporting — your views will inform discussion and aid the decision-making process,” Mr Foss says.

The consultation opens today and ends on 23 December. Further information is available at: