Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (“EPA”) was established as a Crown Entity in 2011. It is governed by an independent board whose members are appointed by the Minister for the Environment. It is a Crown Agent 1313  and therefore the Minister for the Environment may direct the EPA to give effect to a government policy that relates to the entity’s functions and objectives. 1314

The EPA is responsible for regulatory functions concerning New Zealand’s environmental management. These include processing matters of national significance under the Resource Management Act, the administration of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, assessing marine consent applications lodged under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act, and management of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

For more information: www.epa.govt.nz

  1. Part 1, Schedule 1 of the Crown Entities Act 2004

  2. Section 103 of the Crown Entities Act 2004

Last updated at 8:21AM on December 12, 2014