Current Investigations

The Commissioner's functions are broad and there are numerous environmental issues worthy of investigation. However, time and resources are limited. It is therefore important our work is carefully prioritised and planned, to ensure it is pertinent and adds value for Members of Parliament and the public.

The first criterion for adding value is to avoid duplicating the work of others. The Commissioner seeks out areas where her independence can enable progress on difficult or contested topics, and where she is likely to be able to make practical, effective recommendations.

Current investigations include: 

Climate change

An investigation into how New Zealand might chart a pathway to meeting the Paris greenhouse gas target is underway. It is expected that a report will be released in July. 

Environmental reporting

An assessment of the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand’s fresh water domain report, Our fresh water 2017, is underway in the office. 


Elsewhere in the office, staff are scoping and preparing material on a range of topics that could become fruitful avenues for future investigation. More information on this is available here.


Did you know?

The Commissioner has a broad remit to investigate and report on any matter where, in her opinion, the environment may be, or has been, adversely affected.

Annual report 2015

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