Board of Inquiry


The New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) is a National Policy Statement required by the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). It has a significant influence on resource management in the coastal environment, which includes coastal land and the coastal marine area. Local authority plans and policy statements must give effect to the NZCPS and consent authorities must have regard to it. The existing NZCPS dates from 1994. It has been reviewed and a new proposed NZCPS prepared.

Board members

The Minister of Conservation has appointed a Board of Inquiry into the Proposed NZCPS, with the following appointments; Judge Shonagh Kenderdine, as Chair, with Mr Rikirangi Gage, Kathryn Edmonds and Mr Philip Woollaston as board members.

The Board will need to consider a diverse range of views on coastal management. For this reason, the members have been selected to ensure an appropriate mix of practical, policy and cultural knowledge of matters relating to coastal management. The Board members have been appointed for their expertise and experience and not because they are representative of any particular interest groups.


The New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement has been publicly notified and 535 submissions received. Fifty percent of submitters have stated they wish to be heard by the Board of Inquiry. Consequently, an extension to the original timeframe has been agreed and the report back to the Minister of Conservation has been extended to 31 May 2009.

Submitters to the Proposed NZCPS will be notified once a hearing schedule is prepared.


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