Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Strong data networks for better environmental guardianship

Media Statement

Environmental Monitoring and Reporting (EMaR)

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA)

Chair Stephen Woodhead


Environment Aotearoa 2019 Response: Strong data networks for better environmental guardianship.

Today, Stats NZ and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) released Environment Aotearoa 2019, an overview report on the state of our environment as mandated by the Environmental Reporting Act 2015.

The report looks across environmental domains to identify the most pressing issues and potential knowledge gaps. The gaps identified provide a useful platform for considering how we might continue to build on and improve New Zealand’s environmental monitoring networks.

Regional councils and unitary authorities operate many environmental monitoring programmes and the data collected helps local and central government better understand and care for our land, air, and water. For example, regional councils supplied their monitoring data to MfE and Stats NZ to help inform the Environment Aotearoa 2019 report and NIWA provided additional analysis of this dataset at the national level.

The importance of data for reporting on the current state of our environment and determining the impact of human activities is clear across all five report themes; our ecosystems and biodiversity, how we use our land, pollution from our activities, how we use our freshwater and marine resources, and our changing climate. Quality data networks allow decision-makers to have a greater understanding of where the pressures are, what interventions are working, and ultimately the best use of resources to achieve desired outcomes. Good data also connects with our environment and means we can make better choices as we learn more about the impacts of our activities.

Regional councils, MfE, Stats NZ, DOC, and science institutes work together to improve data networks through initiatives like the Environmental Monitoring and Reporting (EMaR) programme. EMaR is focused on improving the coverage, consistency, quality, and representation of data across rivers, groundwater, biodiversity, air, land, estuaries, coasts, and lakes. It’s a big job and the bulk of the work happens behind the scenes with the support of scientists, data managers, and technicians.

In the years since Environment Aotearoa 2015 was released, the EMaR programme has made significant progress. EMaR has helped to connect New Zealand’s environmental data landscape, improve data standardisation, and made it possible for regional council monitoring data across the country to be visible and accessible through the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website.

By using LAWA people in every region of New Zealand can explore monitoring data where they are and track how community actions are making a difference. The LAWA project is world leading and we hope to build on its momentum to share more information and data that can help us all make better decisions for our environment.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available.

Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>


PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>


'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>


Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>


people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>





InfoPages News Channels