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Briefing to Incoming Ministers, 2017

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It was the year of the environment election. Over the course of 2017 public opinion significantly shifted as more New Zealanders realised nature is in crisis and agencies have failed to properly respond.

Forest & Bird welcomes the new government’s emphasis on protecting nature and tackling climate change and other pressing environmental problems.

This is reflected in the Coalition Agreement between Labour and New Zealand First, the Confidence and Supply Agreement between Labour and the Green Party, and in the environmental policies of the three parties forming the Government. 

The Government has a mandate from the environment election for the repair and transformation of New Zealand’s natural environment.

It can set New Zealand on the path to restoring the remarkable diversity of life on these islands and surrounding seas.

This briefing outlines some initial advice from Forest & Bird to the assist the Government’s programme to deliver this transformation.

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