Environmental Monitoring

In New Zealand, environmental monitoring is a legislative responsibility shared across central government agencies, Crown research institutes, and local government. Regional and unitary councils are obliged to monitor our land, air, coastal, and freshwater environments under the Resource Management Act 1991. The Department of Conservation, the Ministry for Primary Industries, NIWA, and regional councils share responsibility for monitoring the marine environment. MetService, NIWA, and the Ministry for the Environment share responsibility for monitoring the atmosphere and climate, including greenhouse gas emissions.