• Our work

    The Commissioner's primary role is to give independent advice to Parliament. This is achieved in a number of ways. 

  • Current investigations

    • Agricultural greenhouse gases
    • Native birds
    • Cadmium in soil
    • Solar water heating 
  • The investigation process

    Find out more about the how the Commissioner's investigations are conducted. 

About the Parliamentary Commissioner for the environment

Dr Jan Wright

We New Zealanders take great pride in our environment, in its beauty, its bountiful natural resources, and the lifestyle opportunities of the great outdoors. Our natural and physical environment is central to our way of life, identity, and economic prosperity. It is also precious in its own right.

Dr Jan Wright


Sea level rise

This media briefing marked the release of the Commissioner's latest report, 'Preparing New Zealand for rising seas: Certainty and Uncertainty'.

View the report