Environment Act 1986

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Reprint as at 20 May 2014

Environment Act 1986

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


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

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