Proposed National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land

Closing Date:
Contact: Land and water policy team

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for the Environment are calling for submissions on the proposed National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL). 

Our land is a taonga – an irreplaceable treasure and a source of life and wellness for our country. Our economy depends on our land, and our history and culture are tied to it. We have a duty to cherish and protect it for future generations. However, our productive land is at risk.

The Government has proposed a NPS-HPL to prevent the loss of more of our productive land and promote its sustainable management.

The overall purpose of the proposed NPS-HPL is to improve the way highly-productive land is managed under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to:

  • recognise the full range of values and benefits associated with its use for primary production
  • maintain its availability for primary production for future generations
  • protect it from inappropriate subdivision, use, and development.

We invite everyone to have their say on protecting our valuable land now and into the future.

Consultation documents

If you can't open any of these documents or would like printed copies, email soils@mpi.govt.nz

Media release

Government moves to protect elite soils – Beehive

Public meetings

During the consultation (14 August to 10 October 2019), the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for the Environment will host public meetings around the country to answer questions about the proposed NPS-HPL, in addition to other RMA national direction work being undertaken.

Details on the meetings – Mfe website

Making your submission

Send us your submission on the proposed national policy statement by 5pm on 10 October 2019.

Questions are listed throughout the discussion document. You do not have to answer all the questions, and all comments are welcome. Explain the reasons for your views and give supporting evidence, if possible.

You can make a submission online on the Ministry for the Environment's (MfE's) website.

Note, if you do not have access to a computer, we can post a submission form to you or you can write your own submission.

If you are emailing your submission:

If you are posting your submission, send it to:

NPS-HPL Submission
Land and Water Policy Team
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include in your submission

Make sure you clearly state that the submission is on the proposed NPS-HPL. Tell us your:

  • name or organisation's name
  • postal address
  • telephone number
  • email address.

Submissions are public information

All or part of any written submission (including names of submitters) may be published on the Ministry for Primary Industries' website, or the Ministry for the Environment's website. Unless you clearly specify otherwise in your submission, the ministries will consider that you have agreed to have your submission and your name posted on their websites.

Contents of submissions may be released to the public under the Official Information Act 1982, if requested. Tell us if you do not want some or all of your submission released, stating which part(s) you consider should be withheld and the reason(s) for withholding the information.

Under the Privacy Act 1993, people have access to information held by agencies about them. Any personal information you send with your submission will only be used in relation to matters covered by this document. In your submission, indicate if you prefer that we do not include your name in the published summary of submissions.

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