Environment Act 1986

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Reprint as at 7 August 2020

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Environment Act 1986

Public Act
1986 No 127
Date of assent
18 December 1986
see 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—


provide for the establishment of the office of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment:


provide for the establishment of the Ministry for the Environment:


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


the intrinsic values of ecosystems; and


all values which are placed by individuals and groups on the quality of the environment; and


the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi; and


the sustainability of natural and physical resources; and


the needs of future generations