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 particular regulatory functions concerning New Zealand’s environmental management. 

Under the Resource Management Act these include processing matters of national significance, enabling the taking of enforcement actions and either assisting or taking over from a local authority that has taken an enforcement action, providing secretarial and support services to assist the Chief Freshwater Commissioner with the freshwater planning process, taking action in relation to unlawfully reclaimed land alongside or in place of regional councils or the Minister of Conservation, under the Resource Management Act.

The EPA is also responsible for the administration of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, assisting the Fast Track expert consenting panels with the fast-track resource consenting process under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Act 2020, 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 1:23PM on August 20, 2021