Today the government introduced the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill.  

As foreshadowed in our Environmental Alert of 2 June 2011, this legislation will set up an environmental management regime for New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf.

Key features of that regime will include:

  • New functions of the Environmental Protection Authority, which will be responsible for consenting (with appeals on points of law only), monitoring and enforcement 
  • A framework for regulations that will classify activities as permitted, discretionary or prohibited.

The first reading of the bill is set for September 2011.