Environmental Protection Authority (New Zealand)
|The Environmental Protection Authority
Te Mana Rauhī Taiao
|Formed||1 October 2009|
|Agency executives||Rob Forlong, Chief Executive
Kerry Prendergast, Chair of the EPA establishment board
The Environmental Protection Authority (Te Mana Rauhī Taiao) is a government agency New Zealand. It takes over functions from various government departments from 1 July 2011.
It was initially set up on 1 October 2009 under the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Bill 2009. In May 2011 it passed the final reading in Parliament by 63 votes to 59 with support from National, the Maori Party and United Future. The Act Party withdrew its support after Treaty of Waitangi provisions were added to garner support from the Maori Party.
It will take over environmental regulation functions from Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Environmental Risk Management Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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