Demand that New Zealand Keep Citizens Informed About Environmental Concerns

New Zealand Coast

Target: New Zealand Ministry of the Environment

Goal: Reinstate comprehensive 5-year environmental report cards to keep residents informed

The latest New Zealand state of the environment report was due to be released this December; however, the government has just announced plans to keep inquiring citizens waiting a bit longer. Instead of the traditional 5 year reports that used to inform locals about the overall state of the environment as well as the most pressing environmental concerns, the Ministry of the Environment will instead start releasing individual reports on an occasional basis depending on need. The new switch has New Zealanders worried that they will be kept in the dark.

The previous reports were the largest source of need-to-know information about land, water, air, plants and animals. They kept locals informed about what they were doing well, where they could improve, and how to focus their efforts. The conclusiveness helped set priorities and measure the entire country’s success with some basic benchmarks.

Seen as a major step backwards for the health of New Zealand’s environment, the new reporting scheme is limited and lacking in important information. The new report cards follow no timeline, but rather will be presented on an occasional basis. They also emit parts of New Zealand instead of covering the whole Nation.

The government has been receiving very negative reactions to the new plan, as locals feel as though the “head in the sand attitude” is leaving them in the dark. Without timely and quality reports, residents fear that they will be left uninformed and wary of the government’s actual intentions. It is important that accurate, reliable, and regular information be available.

Please sign this petition urging the government of New Zealand to reinstate their comprehensive five year environmental reports.


Dear Ministry of the Environment,

Please reconsider your plan to change the way that New Zealand residents receive information about their own environment. The old plan, which released an all inclusive report every 5 years, was beneficial because it let locals know the current state of things and – in terms of the environment – where to best focus their efforts. Despite what you may think, these people actually care about the environment and want to do their part to keep it healthy.

The new report plan not only limits the information available to the public, but it sheds a negative light on your work as a whole. What would be the reason to withhold information from interested citizens? People are naturally going to think that you have something to hide, and as a respected government ministry, that is not something you want.

We request that you work to reinstate the former 5 year complete reports, as they are the most beneficial option for both the environment and the people working to protect it. Your environment with prosper, and your people will thank you.


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