Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Environment Act 1986

Public Act1986 No 127
Date of assent18 December 1986
Commencementsee section 1(2)


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry for the Environment.

An Act to—

  • (a) provide for the establishment of the office of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment:

  • (b) provide for the establishment of the Ministry for the Environment:

  • (c) ensure that, in the management of natural and physical resources, full and balanced account is taken of—

    • (i) the intrinsic values of ecosystems; and

    • (ii) all values which are placed by individuals and groups on the quality of the environment; and

    • (iii) the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi; and

    • (iv) the sustainability of natural and physical resources; and

    • (v) the needs of future generations