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Estimates of appropriations

Vote Environment - Environment Sector - Estimates 2019/20

Vote Environment

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister for Climate Change (M12), Minister for the Environment (M29)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Ministry for the Environment

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: Minister for the Environment

Overview of the Vote

The Minister for the Environment is responsible for appropriations in Vote Environment 2019/20, which cover:

  • a total of just over $23 million to provide advice and implement tools for water management
  • a total of nearly $34 million in funding and grants to third parties for water initiatives
  • a total of nearly $29 million to provide advice and implement tools to improve resource management
  • a total of nearly $2 million for the Ministry for the Environment to negotiate and implement fair, durable and fit for purpose deeds of settlement and environmental accords
  • a total of just over $3 million in funding for Iwi to engage in co-management arrangements
  • a total of just over $3 million to manage environmental obligations and programmes
  • a total of just over $7 million for grants to third parties for domestic environmental management and education programmes, and contributions to international institutions
  • a total of nearly $10 million to provide advice to mitigate environmental hazards and waste
  • a total of nearly $4 million for services provided by third parties for the investigation, management and remediation services relating to contaminated sites
  • a total of just over $22 million for waste minimisation
  • a total of $18 million in payments to territorial local authorities for the Waste Disposal Levy
  • a total of nearly $21 million in funding provided to the Environmental Protection Authority
  • a total of just over $2 million for ministerial servicing, and
  • a total of just over $1 million for capital expenditure.

The Minister for Climate Change is responsible for appropriations in Vote Environment for 2019/20, which cover:

  • a total of just over $2 million for the maintenance of a national carbon accounting system
  • a total of nearly $18 million for policy advice in relation to the domestic and international climate change programmes and contributions to international programmes
  • a total of just over $551 million for the allocation of New Zealand emission units to the economy
  • a total of just over $189 million for the loss on sale of New Zealand emission units, and
  • a total of just over $54 million for administering the Emissions Trading Scheme including the impairment of debt.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections

Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations

  2018/19 2019/20
Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation Type Final
Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Ministerial Services (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of services to Ministers to enable them to discharge their portfolio responsibilities (other than policy decision-making).
1,651 1,651 2,183

Waste Minimisation Administration (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the collection and administration of the waste levy and assessing and monitoring costs relating to projects considered or approved for funding from the waste levy.
5,906 5,906 5,906

Independent Climate Change Commission Set Up Costs (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the set up costs for an independent Climate Change Commission.
516 516 -

Total Departmental Output Expenses

8,073 8,073 8,089

Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Ministry for the Environment - Capital Expenditure PLA (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of the Ministry for the Environment, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989.
1,300 1,300 1,200

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

1,300 1,300 1,200

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Administration of New Zealand Units held on Trust (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the application for and holding on trust of New Zealand Units on behalf of the future owners of Crown Forest Licensed land.
177 177 177

Community Environment Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to strengthening partnerships, raising environmental awareness and encouraging participation in environmental initiatives in the community.
2,213 2,213 3,172

Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the investigation, management and remediation of contaminated sites.
2,992 2,992 3,617

Contestable Waste Minimisation Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to grants for waste minimisation initiatives.
20,797 20,797 20,797

Emissions Trading Scheme (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the implementation and operation of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and maintenance of a register to enable the holding and transfer of climate change units.
6,392 6,392 6,392

Environmental Protection Authority: Decision Making functions (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the delivery and support of the Environmental Protection Authority's decision-making processes.
12,383 12,383 12,448

Environmental Protection Authority: Monitoring and Enforcement functions (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the monitoring and enforcement of the Environmental Protection Authority's regulatory functions.
6,742 6,742 7,277

Environmental Training Programmes (M29)

This appropriation is limited to supporting training programmes, including Te Aho Tu Roa, that promote environmental and social sustainability, encourage Maori participation, raise environmental and ecological awareness and encourage children and young people to participate in environmental initiatives in the community.
1,900 1,900 1,900

Promotion of Sustainable Land Management (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the promotion and coordination of sustainable land management practice through a national network of coordinators.
800 800 800

Te Mana o Te Wai - restoring the life-giving capacity of fresh water (M29)

This appropriation is limited to freshwater initiatives, with involvement from community stakeholders, for New Zealand's freshwater bodies.
1,216 1,216 500

The Fresh Water Improvement Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to initiatives which contribute to managing New Zealand's freshwater bodies within environmental limits.
9,067 9,067 15,500

Total Non-Departmental Output Expenses

64,679 64,679 72,580

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     

Allocation of New Zealand Units (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the granting of New Zealand Units to sectors of the New Zealand Economy.
627,747 537,099 551,298

Climate Change Development Fund (M12)

This appropriation is limited to supporting international projects to assist developing countries address climate change issues.
300 300 300

Environmental Legal Assistance (M29)

This appropriation is limited to supporting groups that wish to advocate for environmental issues in resource management cases in the courts and appearances at Boards of Inquiry of projects of national significance.
600 600 600

Framework Convention on Climate Change (M12)

New Zealand's contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
140 135 140

Fresh Start for Fresh Water: Waikato River Clean-up Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to funding for the Waikato River Clean-up Fund for the restoration and protection of the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River for future generations.
5,178 5,178 5,044

Impairment of Debt Relating to Climate Change Activities (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the impairment and write down of Crown debt arising from Climate Change related activities.
47,500 - 47,500

Impairment of Debt Relating to Environment Activities (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the impairment and write down of Crown debt arising from Environment related activities excluding Climate Change.
1,500 - 1,500

International Subscriptions (M29)

This appropriation is limited to subscriptions to International Environmental Agreements.
152 145 152

Loss on Sale of New Zealand Units (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the loss on sale of New Zealand Units.
189,300 - 189,300

Te Pou Tupua (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the Crown contribution to support Te Pou Tupua (the Whanganui River Guardian) functions.
109 109 109

United Nations Environment Programme (M29)

New Zealand's membership of the United Nations Environment Programme.
593 531 593

Waikato River Co-Governance (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the governance and operational costs of Waikato River co-governance.
910 910 910

Waikato River Co-Management (M29)

This appropriation is limited to enabling the Waikato River Iwi to engage in the new co-management arrangements in relation to the Waikato River.
2,519 2,519 2,365

Waste Disposal Levy Disbursements to Territorial Local Authorities (M29)

This appropriation is limited to payments to Territorial Local Authorities of their proportion of the Waste Disposal Levy as prescribed under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
18,000 18,000 18,000

Exclusive Economic Zone Major Prosecutions Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to major prosecutions relating to activities regulated under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012.
500 - -

Transitional Support for Local Government and Iwi (M29)

This appropriation is limited to providing transitional support to local authorities and iwi for new arrangements involving iwi in the management of natural resources arising from historical Treaty settlements.
1,620 1,620 -

Total Non-Departmental Other Expenses

896,668 567,146 817,811

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Capital Contribution to the Environmental Protection Authority (M29)

This appropriation is limited to providing a capital injection to the Environmental Protection Authority.
- - 1,250

Total Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

- - 1,250

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

     

Climate Change MCA (M12)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on decreasing New Zealand's net emissions of greenhouse gases below business as usual levels in a cost-effective way.
25,964 25,964 19,701

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Carbon Monitoring Programme

This category is limited to developing a national carbon accounting system that will contribute to meeting of New Zealand's greenhouse gas reporting obligations under the Kyoto Protocol and the UNFCCC.
4,000 4,000 2,187

Domestic Climate Change Programme Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to domestic climate change.
16,572 16,572 13,512

International Climate Change Programme Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to international climate change issues, negotiating positions for climate change agreements and development of carbon markets.
5,343 5,343 3,953

Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy

This category is limited to the implementation and collection of the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy.
49 49 49

Environmental Management Obligations and Programmes MCA (M29)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on achieving better solutions to environmental problems by supporting community involvement and action and international cooperation.
2,348 2,348 3,467

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Domestic Obligations and Programmes

This category is limited to contributing to and monitoring of domestic environmental management programmes and educational programmes promoting awareness of environmental issues.
1,512 1,512 1,560

International Obligations and Institutions Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to advice on international environmental arrangements, agreements and partnerships; contributing to negotiations with international parties on environmental issues in line with international arrangements, agreements and partnerships.
836 836 1,907

Improving Environmental Management MCA (M29)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on improving environmental management.
39,533 39,533 54,199

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Developing and Implementing Treaty Settlements and Environmental Accords Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to environmental accords with Maori and Treaty settlements involving natural resources; contributing to negotiations with iwi and affected parties on environmental issues as part of developing deeds of settlement.
2,160 2,160 1,900

Marine Environment Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the marine environment.
1,339 1,339 3,919

Resource Management Implementation

This category is limited to the implementation of tools, frameworks and institutions and provision of advice, support, information, and guidance to the public, practitioners and wider natural resource sector in relation to resource management policy and practices.
13,461 13,461 13,260

Resource Management Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the management of natural and physical resources in New Zealand.
7,647 7,647 11,646

Water Management Implementation

This category is limited to activities associated with the implementation of water management policy and practises.
2,114 2,114 5,837

Water Management Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the quality, flow and availability of freshwater.
10,411 10,411 15,487

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Water science and economics

This category is limited to water science and economic impact analyses, and guidance to support development of the National Objectives Framework.
2,401 2,401 2,150

Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Waste MCA (M29)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on reducing harm from natural, chemical and biological hazards and from waste through more effective management frameworks.
3,938 3,938 3,918

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the risks posed by environmental hazards and waste, including international agreements, conventions and obligations.
2,228 2,228 3,296

Waste Management and Minimisation

This category is limited to operational advice, implementation of tools, frameworks and institutions, and support, information and guidance to stakeholders in relation to waste management and minimisation.
1,710 1,710 622

Total Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

71,783 71,783 81,285

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations

1,042,503 712,981 982,215

Multi-Year Appropriations

Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriations, Adjustments and Use $000

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

   

Fresh Start for Fresh Water: Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme (M29)

This appropriation is limited to maintaining and improving the water quality of the Rotorua Lakes.

Commences: 01 July 2015

Expires: 30 June 2020
Original Appropriation 23,000
Adjustments to 2017/18 -
Adjustments for 2018/19 -
Adjusted Appropriation 23,000
Actual to 2017/18 Year End 5,824
Estimated Actual for 2018/19 4,400
Estimate for 2019/20 12,776
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations

  2018/19 2019/20
  Final
Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations 1,042,503 712,981 982,215
Total Forecast MYA Non-Departmental Output Expenses 4,400 4,400 12,776

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations

1,046,903 717,381 994,991

Capital Injection Authorisations

  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Ministry for the Environment - Capital Injection (M29) - - 1,350

Supporting Information

Part 1 - Vote as a Whole

1.1 - New Policy Initiatives

Policy Initiative Appropriation 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
Contestable Waste Minimisation Fund Contestable Waste Minimisation Fund 1,593 1,079 - (1,336) (1,336)
Implementation of a Global Harmonised System of Chemical Classifications and a New Hazardous Substances Database Environmental Protection Authority: Decision Making Functions - 65 50 - -
  Environmental Protection Authority: Monitoring and Enforcement Functions - 405 530 - -
  Capital Contribution to the Environmental Protection Authority - 1,250 1,150 - -
Improving New Zealand's Resource Efficiency by Reducing Waste

Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Waste (MCA)

Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice
Departmental Output Expense
- 2,000 2,000 - -
Productive and Sustainable Land Use: Essential Freshwater and Transition to a Sustainable and Low Emissions Economy The Fresh Water Improvement Fund - 1,500 3,250 3,250 4,000
 

Climate Change (MCA)

Domestic Climate Change Programme Policy Advice
Departmental Output Expense
- 3,693 2,611 2,611 2,611
 

Improving Environment Management (MCA)

Water Management Implementation
Departmental Output Expense
- 3,532 6,750 6,750 7,000
 

Improving Environment Management (MCA)

Water Management Policy Advice
Departmental Output Expense
- 3,175 4,680 4,684 4,188
Strengthening the Integrity of the Environmental Management System Ministry for the Environment - Capital Injection - 1,200 2,748 - -
 

Improving Environment Management (MCA)

Resource Management Implementation
Departmental Output Expense
- 1,500 3,500 5,000 4,500
 

Improving Environment Management (MCA)

Resource Management Policy Advice
Departmental Output Expense
- 4,980 6,504 2,500 2,000
Total Initiatives   1,593 24,379 33,773 23,459 22,963

1.2 - Trends in the Vote

Summary of Financial Activity
  2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
  Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Departmental
Transactions
Budget
$000
Non-
Departmental
Transactions
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000

Appropriations

                       
Output Expenses 44,846 45,341 53,520 62,710 77,152 77,152 8,089 85,356 93,445 76,740 78,276 74,514
Benefits or Related Expenses - - - - - - N/A - - - - -
Borrowing Expenses - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other Expenses 159,575 193,729 325,802 747,806 896,668 567,146 - 817,811 817,811 624,791 830,339 795,657
Capital Expenditure 1,494 316 2,871 (645) 1,300 1,300 1,200 1,250 2,450 2,225 800 800
Intelligence and Security Department Expenses and Capital Expenditure - - - - - - - N/A - - - -
Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure (MCA)                        
Output Expenses 48,740 56,351 57,480 66,906 71,783 71,783 79,135 2,150 81,285 86,270 81,770 80,524
Other Expenses - - - - - - - - - - - -
Capital Expenditure - - - - - - N/A - - - - -

Total Appropriations

254,655 295,737 439,673 876,777 1,046,903 717,381 88,424 906,567 994,991 790,026 991,185 951,495

Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

                       
Tax Revenue - - - - - - N/A - - - - -
Non-Tax Revenue 166,100 306,827 553,743 707,920 1,006,931 1,006,931 N/A 1,095,368 1,095,368 1,105,212 1,126,774 1,155,552
Capital Receipts - - - - - - N/A - - - - -

Total Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

166,100 306,827 553,743 707,920 1,006,931 1,006,931 N/A 1,095,368 1,095,368 1,105,212 1,126,774 1,155,552

Note - where restructuring of the vote has occurred then, to the extent practicable, prior years information has been restated as if the restructuring had occurred before the beginning of the period covered. In this instance Total Appropriations for the Budgeted and Estimated Actual year may not equal Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations in the Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections.

Adjustments to the Summary of Financial Activity Table Due to Vote Restructuring

There had been no restructuring adjustments to prior year information reported in last year's Summary of Financial Activity table.

1.3 - Analysis of Significant Trends

The actual and budgeted output expenses from 2014/15 onwards reflect an increase in funding for resource management and water management reforms, and climate change related activities.

The variability in Other Expenses relates to the Allocation of New Zealand Units appropriation and reflects the changes in the volume of units allocated and the forecast price of units.

  • For appropriation purposes, the upper limit of the appropriation is based on a fixed price of $30 per carbon unit for 2018/19 and $25 per carbon unit for 2019/20. This is to accommodate the uncertainty in the market price of New Zealand units. The estimated actual is based on the current market price per carbon unit at the time of the forecast.
  • The changes in forecast volume of units to be allocated is a result of continuous improvement to the model, assumptions, and activity data for various sectors based on the latest information available at the time of the forecast.

Part 2 - Details of Departmental Appropriations

2.1 - Departmental Output Expenses

Ministerial Services (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the provision of services to Ministers to enable them to discharge their portfolio responsibilities (other than policy decision-making).
Expenses and Revenue
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,651 1,651 2,183
Revenue from the Crown 1,650 1,650 2,150
Revenue from Others 1 1 33
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the provision of support to Ministers, especially in relation to their accountability to Parliament and the public.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of all Regulatory Impact Statements that partially or fully meet quality assurance criteria

At least 90% (with 70% fully meeting criteria) To be assessed At least 90% (with 70% fully meeting criteria)

The satisfaction of the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Climate Change Issues with the advice service, as per the common satisfaction survey

At least 80% To be assessed At least 80%

Percentage of Ministerial Official Information Act requests submitted within the timeframes agreed with the Minister's office

95% 85% 95%

Percentage of responses to departmental Official Information Act requests sent within statutory deadlines

95% 96% 95%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry for the Environment in its Annual Report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The change in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to $500,000 being reprioritised to the Carbon Monitoring Programme in 2018/19 and $32,000 of changes in third party revenue.

Waste Minimisation Administration (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the collection and administration of the waste levy and assessing and monitoring costs relating to projects considered or approved for funding from the waste levy.
Expenses and Revenue
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 5,906 5,906 5,906
Revenue from the Crown 5,906 5,906 5,906
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the effective and efficient administration of the functions required under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Stage I of the Waste Minimisation Fund funding round (recommendations for funding) is completed within four months of round closing

Achieved Achieved Achieved

Percentage of instances when action is taken against disposal facility operators who have outstanding levy payments (over 120 days)

100% 100% 100%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry for the Environment in its Annual Report.

2.3 - Departmental Capital Expenditure and Capital Injections

Ministry for the Environment - Capital Expenditure PLA (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of the Ministry for the Environment, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989.
Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Forests/Agricultural - - -
Land - - -
Property, Plant and Equipment 200 200 200
Intangibles 1,100 1,100 1,000
Other - - -

Total Appropriation

1,300 1,300 1,200
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the renewal, upgrade and/or redesign of assets to support the Ministry for the Environment's service delivery.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Expenditure is in accordance with the Ministry's capital asset management plan

     

Computer Hardware

250 250 100

Computer Software

1,039 1,039 1,000

Office Equipment

50 50 50

Furniture and Fixtures

100 100 50

Total

1,439 1,439 1,200
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for departmental capital expenditure will be reported by the Ministry for the Environment in its Annual Report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The decrease in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to the completing of upgrading the document management system and other software.

Capital Injections and Movements in Departmental Net Assets

Ministry for the Environment

Details of Net Asset Schedule 2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Projected
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2019/20
Opening Balance 5,992 5,992  
Capital Injections - 1,350 The injection of $1.350 million is due to new funding of $1.200 million from Strengthening the Integrity of the Environment Management System initiative and $150,000 of capital transferred from 2018/19 to 2019/20.
Capital Withdrawals - -  
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred) - -  
Other Movements - -  

Closing Balance

5,992 7,342  

Part 3 - Details of Non-Departmental Appropriations

3.1 - Non-Departmental Output Expenses

Administration of New Zealand Units held on Trust (M12)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the application for and holding on trust of New Zealand Units on behalf of the future owners of Crown Forest Licensed land.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 177 177 177
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the fair and accurate distribution of emission units to beneficiaries following treaty settlements.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Community Environment Fund (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to strengthening partnerships, raising environmental awareness and encouraging participation in environmental initiatives in the community.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 2,213 2,213 3,172
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve support for collaborative partnerships that raise environmental awareness and encourage community participation in environmental initiatives.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Organisations that receive funding for projects that strengthen partnerships, raise environmental awareness and encourage participation in environmental initiatives in the community 2,213 2,213 3,172 Ongoing
Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Previous Government

           
Reprioritisation of funding 2015/16 (1,000) (1,000) (1,000) (1,000) (1,000)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to an expense transfer of $1 million from 2018/19 for projects that support the implementation of freshwater and resource management reforms, and other initiatives.

The appropriation levels are first set at the annual funding round limit because the timing of deliverables and project milestones are unknown until the funding round is complete. Projects typically run for three years and to support the committed projects, funds will be rephased through baseline updates to match the timing of milestones.

Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the investigation, management and remediation of contaminated sites.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 2,992 2,992 3,617
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve a reduction in the risks from contaminated sites.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Territorial Local Authorities

       
Councils that receive funding to assist in the clean-up of contaminated land in New Zealand 2,992 2,992 3,617 Ongoing
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to an expense transfer of $1.500 million from 2018/19 to 2019/20 to meet the funding needs of the projects. This increase is partially offset by a transfer of $625,000 in 2018/19.

Contestable Waste Minimisation Fund (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to grants for waste minimisation initiatives.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 20,797 20,797 20,797
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the purposes of the Waste Minimisation Act by funding waste minimisation projects to protect the environment from harm and provide environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefits.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of completed Waste Minimisation Fund projects that achieve stated objectives

80% 80% 80%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Minister for the Environment in the Vote Environment Non-Departmental Appropriations Report.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Organisations that receive funding for projects that increase resource efficiency, increase reuse, recovery and recycling, and decrease waste to landfill 20,797 20,797 20,797 Ongoing
Emissions Trading Scheme (M12)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the implementation and operation of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and maintenance of a register to enable the holding and transfer of climate change units.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 6,392 6,392 6,392
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the efficient and effective administration of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and the operation of the New Zealand Emission Unit Register to ensure that the allocation and trading of emission units are recorded accurately and in a timely manner.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of participant registrations and account applications accurately recorded in the New Zealand Emissions Unit Register within two business days of receipt of a properly completed application

98% 100% 98%

Percentage of availability of Emissions Unit Register to customers, excluding planned outage times

New measure N/A 99.5%

A compliance programme covering the EPA's Emission Trading Scheme responsibilities is documented, published and reported against

New measure N/A Achieved
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Environmental Protection Authority in its Annual Report.

Environmental Protection Authority: Decision Making functions (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the delivery and support of the Environmental Protection Authority's decision-making processes.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 12,383 12,383 12,448
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve robust and objective environmental decisions for which the Environmental Protection Authority is responsible, and transparent and efficient decision making.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Sample of EPA decisions selected by an independent auditor demonstrate:

  • decision-making processes are documented
  • decisions meet statutory obligations and timeframes
  • no adverse judicial comment on EPA processes
New measure N/A 100%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Environmental Protection Authority in its Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Implementation of a Global Harmonised System of Chemical Classifications and a New Hazardous Substances Database 2019/20 - 65 50 - -
Environmental Protection Authority's Core Statutory Functions 2018/19 2,200 2,200 - - -
Environmental Protection Authority: Monitoring and Enforcement functions (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the monitoring and enforcement of the Environmental Protection Authority's regulatory functions.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 6,742 6,742 7,277
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended achieve compliance with environmental rules through monitoring and guiding compliance activity to ensure the effective operation of the regulatory framework.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

A compliance programme covering the EPA's hazardous substances and EEZ responsibilities is documented, published and reported against

New measure N/A Achieved
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by Environmental Protection Authority in its Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Implementation of a Global Harmonised System of Chemical Classifications and a New Hazardous Substances Database 2019/20 - 405 530 - -
Environmental Protection Authority's Core Statutory Functions 2018/19 1,800 1,800 - - -
All of Government response to PFAS contamination 2017/18 400 - - - -

Previous Government

           
Improving Health and Safety at Work 2014/15 (175) (175) (175) (175) (175)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to a funding transfer of $530,000 in relation to the Resource Management Act Enforcement Unit Oversight from departmental output expense: Resource Management Implementation appropriation.

There is new funding of $405,000 to implement a chemical classification which aligns with international practices, and to fund a new hazardous substances database.

This is offset by an one-off funding of $400,000 allocated in 2018/19 in relation to progress work on the All of Government response to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.

Environmental Training Programmes (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to supporting training programmes, including Te Aho Tu Roa, that promote environmental and social sustainability, encourage Maori participation, raise environmental and ecological awareness and encourage children and young people to participate in environmental initiatives in the community.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,900 1,900 1,900
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve collaborative relationships, raise environmental awareness and encourage children to participate in environmental initiatives.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Toimata Foundation 1,900 1,900 1,900 Ongoing
Fresh Start for Fresh Water: Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme (M29)
Scope of Appropriation and Expenses
Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriations, Adjustments and Use $000

Fresh Start for Fresh Water: Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme (M29)

This appropriation is limited to maintaining and improving the water quality of the Rotorua Lakes.

Commences: 01 July 2015

Expires: 30 June 2020
Original Appropriation 23,000
Adjustments to 2017/18 -
Adjustments for 2018/19 -
Adjusted Appropriation 23,000
Actual to 2017/18 Year End 5,824
Estimated Actual for 2018/19 4,400
Estimate for 2019/20 12,776
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve improved and sustained water quality by targeted interventions in the Rotorua Lakes.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of deed funding lakes showing a decrease in their average Trophic Level Index from the previous year

50% To be assessed 50%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Minister for the Environment in the Vote Environment Non-Departmental Appropriations Report.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group 4,400 4,400 12,776 30 June 2020
Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Previous Government

           
Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme: Reallocation of Crown Funds 2015/16 4,400 4,200 - - -
Promotion of Sustainable Land Management (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the promotion and coordination of sustainable land management practice through a national network of coordinators.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 800 800 800
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve enhanced sustainable land management.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
NZ Landcare Trust 800 800 800 Ongoing
Te Mana o Te Wai - restoring the life-giving capacity of fresh water (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to freshwater initiatives, with involvement from community stakeholders, for New Zealand's freshwater bodies.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,216 1,216 500
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve improved water quality of freshwater bodies.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Organisations that receive funding for projects that support or enable iwi/hapu to improve the water quality of freshwater bodies 1,216 1,216 500 30 June 2019
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation was intended for 2018/19 only but $500,000 has been transferred from 2018/19 to 2019/20 to ensure to ensure each project has sufficient funds to complete. The process of negotiating contracts for the projects took longer than anticipated due to the targeted nature of the funding.

The Fresh Water Improvement Fund (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to initiatives which contribute to managing New Zealand's freshwater bodies within environmental limits.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 9,067 9,067 15,500
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve improvements in the water quality of New Zealand's freshwater bodies in partnership with others.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of completed Freshwater Improvement Fund projects that achieved stated objectives

80% Projects due to be completed in 2020/21 80%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Minister for the Environment in the Vote Environment Non-Departmental Appropriations Report.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Organisations that receive funding for projects that improve the management of New Zealand's fresh water within environmental quality and quantity limits 9,067 9,067 15,500 30 June 2026
Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Productive and Sustainable Land Use: Essential Freshwater and Transition to a Sustainable and Low Emissions Economy 2019/20 - 1,500 3,250 3,250 4,000

Previous Government

           
The Freshwater Improvement Fund 2016/17 7,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to an expense transfer of $4 million from 2018/19 to 2019/20. Funding of $100 million over ten years was allocated through Budget 2016. The negotiation phase took longer than expected with some projects being approved for delayed starts. Projects will typically be for five years and will be delivered collaboratively, with contributions from multiple stakeholders. Funds will be rephased through baseline updates to match with the timing of milestone payments.

There is additional funding of $1.500 million to establish key institutions and regulatory frameworks, and build capabilities and tools to support land owners, councils, iwi/hapu and regions to transition to more sustainable land use and a low emissions economy.

3.4 - Non-Departmental Other Expenses

Allocation of New Zealand Units (M12)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the granting of New Zealand Units to sectors of the New Zealand Economy.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 627,747 537,099 551,298
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve compensation of eligible participants of the Emissions Trading Scheme who face increased costs as a result of the scheme.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of applicants deemed to be eligible to receive units to compensate for increased costs resulting from the Emissions Trading Scheme, receive an allocation of units within either set timeframes (20 working days) or extensions agreed with participants

100% To be assessed 100%

Percentage of eligible forestry participants, who have lodged an emission return with a net entitlement for units, receive an allocation of units within either set timeframes (20 working days) or extensions agreed with participants

100% To be assessed 100%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Minister for Climate Change in the Vote Environment Non-Departmental Appropriations Report.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Participants eligible to receive units to compensate for increased costs resulting from the Emissions Trading Scheme 627,749 537,099 550,298 Ongoing
Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) Non-forestry Regulation Updates 2018 Proposed Amendments 2018/19 50 100 100 100 100

Previous Government

           
Emissions Trading Scheme Review 2016/17 77,858 94,700 94,700 94,700 94,700
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The decrease in this appropriation is mainly due to the difference in the unit price used to calculate New Zealand Units for 2019/20. In 2018/19, the price used was $30 per unit, which reflected market conditions at the time. In 2019/20 $25 per unit has been applied, which is the set price for this appropriation. Unit prices may be reviewed if market conditions change. The decrease is also due to a reduction in the number of units forecast for the post-1989 forestry sector.

Climate Change Development Fund (M12)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to supporting international projects to assist developing countries address climate change issues.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 300 300 300
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve an improved response to climate change issues in developing countries.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental other expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
International projects that addresses climate change issues 300 300 300 Ongoing
Environmental Legal Assistance (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to supporting groups that wish to advocate for environmental issues in resource management cases in the courts and appearances at Boards of Inquiry of projects of national significance.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 600 600 600
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve improved accessibility for not-for-profit groups to advocate for an environmental issue of high public interest in resource management cases.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental other expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Not-for-profit organisations such as environmental, community, iwi and hapu receive financial assistance to advocate for an environmental issue of high public interest 600 600 600 Ongoing
Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Previous Government

           
Reprioritisation of funding 2015/16 (200) (200) (200) (200) (200)
Framework Convention on Climate Change (M12)
Scope of Appropriation
New Zealand's contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 140 135 140
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve New Zealand compliance with its international financial obligations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and ensure New Zealand's participation.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental other expense is less than $5 million.

Fresh Start for Fresh Water: Waikato River Clean-up Fund (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to funding for the Waikato River Clean-up Fund for the restoration and protection of the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River for future generations.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 5,178 5,178 5,044
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the resourcing of initiatives for restoring and protecting the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of funding that the Waikato River Clean Up Trust makes available for projects annually is distributed

85% To be assessed 85%

Annual funding decisions are based on:

  • applicants meeting the funding criteria
  • applications being for projects identified as priority areas by the Trust, and
  • the quality of the applications received.
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Minister for the Environment in the Vote Environment Non-Departmental Appropriations Report.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Waikato River Authority 5,178 5,178 5,044 30 June 2038
Impairment of Debt Relating to Climate Change Activities (M12)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the impairment and write down of Crown debt arising from Climate Change related activities.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 47,500 - 47,500
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve recognition of the expense so that climate change-related activities are valued in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the Public Finance Act, as additional information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is the provision for incurring the expense involved in the impairment and write-down of Crown debt arising from climate change related activities (excluding environment).

Impairment of Debt Relating to Environment Activities (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the impairment and write down of Crown debt arising from Environment related activities excluding Climate Change.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,500 - 1,500
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve recognition of the expense so that environment-related activities are valued in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the Public Finance Act, as additional information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is the provision for incurring the expense involved in the impairment and write-down of Crown debt arising from environment related activities (excluding climate change).

International Subscriptions (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to subscriptions to International Environmental Agreements.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 152 145 152
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve New Zealand's participation in international forums on global environmental issues through the provision of subscriptions to International Environmental Agreements.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental other expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
United Nations Environment Programme and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme 152 145 152 Ongoing
Loss on Sale of New Zealand Units (M12)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the loss on sale of New Zealand Units.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 189,300 - 189,300
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve recognition of the expense related to the sale of New Zealand Units over the fixed price in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the Public Finance Act, as additional information is unlikely to be informative.

Te Pou Tupua (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the Crown contribution to support Te Pou Tupua (the Whanganui River Guardian) functions.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 109 109 109
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended achieve the protection of the status, health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River).

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental other expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Whanganui River Iwi 109 109 109 30 June 2034
United Nations Environment Programme (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
New Zealand's membership of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 593 531 593
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve New Zealand compliance with financial obligations to the United Nations Environment Programme to protect and advance its interests in the work programme.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental other expense is less than $5 million.

Waikato River Co-Governance (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the governance and operational costs of Waikato River co-governance.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 910 910 910
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve Waikato and Waipa iwi/hapu being consistently enabled to give effect to kaitiakitanga.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental other expense is less than $5 million.

Waikato River Co-Management (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to enabling the Waikato River Iwi to engage in the new co-management arrangements in relation to the Waikato River.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 2,519 2,519 2,365
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve Waikato and Waipa iwi/hapu being consistently enabled to give effect to kaitiakitanga.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the Public Finance Act as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental other expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisation

       
Five Waikato River Iwi 2,519 2,519 2,365 30 June 2030
Waste Disposal Levy Disbursements to Territorial Local Authorities (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to payments to Territorial Local Authorities of their proportion of the Waste Disposal Levy as prescribed under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 18,000 18,000 18,000
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve more effective and efficient waste management and minimisation by distributing the Waste Disposal Levy to territorial authorities to fund activities in their Waste Management and Minimisation Plans.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of territorial authorities that have met statutory requirements to undertake a waste assessment for their district and developed a waste management and minimisation plan, including actions on how they will spend their portion of the levy

100% 100% 100%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Minister for the Environment in the Vote Environment Non-Departmental Appropriations Report.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Territorial Local Authorities

       
Territorial Local Authorities (approximately 67 authorities, of which two receive more than
$1 million per annum)
18,000 18,000 18,000 Ongoing

3.5 - Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

Capital Contribution to the Environmental Protection Authority (M29)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to providing a capital injection to the Environmental Protection Authority.
Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation - - 1,250
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the establishment of an hazardous substances database.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Implementation of the Hazardous Substances database

N/A N/A 1,250
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Environmental Protection Authority in its Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
Implementation of a Global Harmonised System of Chemical Classifications and a New Hazardous Substances Database 2019/20 - 1,250 1,150 - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This is new funding to implement a chemical classification system which aligns with international practices and to fund a new hazardous database.

Part 4 - Details of Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

Climate Change (M12)
Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on decreasing New Zealand's net emissions of greenhouse gases below business as usual levels in a cost-effective way.
Scope of Appropriation
Departmental Output Expenses
Carbon Monitoring Programme
This category is limited to developing a national carbon accounting system that will contribute to meeting of New Zealand's greenhouse gas reporting obligations under the Kyoto Protocol and the UNFCCC.
Domestic Climate Change Programme Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to domestic climate change.
International Climate Change Programme Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to international climate change issues, negotiating positions for climate change agreements and development of carbon markets.
Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy
This category is limited to the implementation and collection of the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

25,964 25,964 19,701

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Carbon Monitoring Programme 4,000 4,000 2,187
Domestic Climate Change Programme Policy Advice 16,572 16,572 13,512
International Climate Change Programme Policy Advice 5,343 5,343 3,953
Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy 49 49 49

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

25,533 25,533 19,553
Carbon Monitoring Programme 3,992 3,992 2,167
Domestic Climate Change Programme Policy Advice 16,250 16,250 13,445
International Climate Change Programme Policy Advice 5,242 5,242 3,892
Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy 49 49 49

Revenue from Others

431 431 148
Carbon Monitoring Programme 8 8 20
Domestic Climate Change Programme Policy Advice 322 322 67
International Climate Change Programme Policy Advice 101 101 61
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve quality policy advice to Ministers on domestic and international climate change issues.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Technical quality of advice papers (assessed by a survey with a methodical robustness of 100%)

70% 60% 70%
What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Carbon Monitoring Programme

     

This category is intended to achieve compliance with reporting requirements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

     

The land use, land-use change and forestry, and Kyoto Protocol portions of the National Inventory Report are completed to quality specifications and submitted on time

Achieved Achieved Achieved

Web services of national imagery data sets and land use mapping published by the Ministry for the Environment are available to key stakeholders, including the Ministry for Primary Industries, during a minimum of 98% of business hours (excluding agreed maintenance outages) and meet their requirements for land use decision-making

New measure Achieved Achieved

Domestic Climate Change Programme Policy Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve quality policy advice on domestic climate change issues.

     

Support the enactment of the Zero Carbon Bill by delivering high quality policy advice and support to the Select Committee process

New measure N/A 31 December 2019

Deliver a Long Term Low Emissions Development Strategy for New Zealand

New measure N/A 31 December 2019

International Climate Change Programme Policy Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve effective contribution to progress on international climate change rules and issues.

     

New Zealand meets agreed deadlines for international reporting on its greenhouse gas emissions and progress towards its targets

New measure N/A 100%

Participate in international climate change meetings and negotiations to ensure New Zealand's interests are represented, consistent with the Government's priorities

New measure N/A Achieved

Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy

     

This category is intended to achieve the efficient administration of the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy Collection System.

     

Administer the funding for the ongoing costs of collecting the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy by New Zealand Transport Agency and New Zealand Customs Service in accordance with respective Memoranda of Understanding

Achieved Achieved Achieved
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry for the Environment in its Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Productive and Sustainable Land Use: Essential Freshwater and Transition to a Sustainable and Low Emissions Economy 2019/20 - 3,693 2,611 2,611 2,611
Building Environmental Integrity in Cooperative Approaches 2018/19 742 742 742 742 742
Changes to the Terms of Reference of the Interim Climate Change 2018/19 927 1,107 - - -
Climate Change - Resourcing Government Climate Change Priorities 2018/19 1,850 2,325 2,325 2,325 2,325
Natural Climate Change Risk Assessment 2018/19 1,391 300 - - -
The 100 Day Plan for Climate Change 2018/19 3,021 - - - -

Previous Government

           
Domestic Emissions Reductions 2016/17 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) supply management (including Auctioning) 2015/16 700 700 700 700 700
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This multi-category appropriation decreased by $6.263 million to $19.701 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • a reduction of $5.300 million for aligning appropriation to internal budgets
  • a reduction of $3.021 million for the 100 day plan for climate change
  • a reduction of $1.091 million for the Natural Climate Change Risk Assessment as the programme will be completed
  • a reduction of $1.108 million for aligning departmental and other revenue
  • a reduction of $91,000 in transfers from 2017/18.

This is offset by:

  • additional funding of $3.693 million to establish key institutions and regulatory frameworks to transition to more sustainable land use and a low emissions economy
  • an increase of $475,000 for resourcing Government Climate Change Priorities
  • an increase of $180,000 for changes to the terms of reference of the Interim Climate Change.
Environmental Management Obligations and Programmes (M29)
Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on achieving better solutions to environmental problems by supporting community involvement and action and international cooperation.
Scope of Appropriation
Departmental Output Expenses
Domestic Obligations and Programmes
This category is limited to contributing to and monitoring of domestic environmental management programmes and educational programmes promoting awareness of environmental issues.
International Obligations and Institutions Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to advice on international environmental arrangements, agreements and partnerships; contributing to negotiations with international parties on environmental issues in line with international arrangements, agreements and partnerships.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

2,348 2,348 3,467

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Domestic Obligations and Programmes 1,512 1,512 1,560
International Obligations and Institutions Policy Advice 836 836 1,907

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

1,908 1,908 3,358
Domestic Obligations and Programmes 1,078 1,078 1,528
International Obligations and Institutions Policy Advice 830 830 1,830

Revenue from Others

440 440 109
Domestic Obligations and Programmes 434 434 32
International Obligations and Institutions Policy Advice 6 6 77
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve solutions to environmental problems through community involvement and international cooperation.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Technical quality of advice papers (assessed by a survey with a methodical robustness of 100%)

70% 50% 70%
What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Domestic Obligations and Programmes

     

This category is intended to achieve the efficient administration of grant schemes through which parties can seek funding to achieve environmental objectives.

     

Stage 1 (see Note 1) of the Community Environment Fund is completed in under 60 working days

Achieved Achieved Achieved

The Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund Priority List is reviewed by the Ministry and provided to the Minister for the Environment

30 June 2019 Achieved 30 June 2020

International Obligations and Institutions Policy Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve cooperation with other countries to promote action on international environmental issues and to ensure that New Zealand's interests are protected and advanced, and obligations met.

     

Ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

New measure N/A 1 January 2020

Note 1 - Stage 1 begins when applications to the fund close, and ends once assessment of applications is complete and funding recommendations are provided to the Minister.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry for the Environment in its Annual Report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This change in this appropriation 2019/20 was due to:

  • a transfer of $1.050 million from International Climate Change Programme Policy Advice
  • a funding transfer of $400,000 between departmental appropriations to reflect latest internal forecasts.

This is offset by a decrease of $331,000 due to changes in third party revenue.

Improving Environmental Management (M29)
Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on improving environmental management.
Scope of Appropriation
Departmental Output Expenses
Developing and Implementing Treaty Settlements and Environmental Accords Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to environmental accords with Maori and Treaty settlements involving natural resources; contributing to negotiations with iwi and affected parties on environmental issues as part of developing deeds of settlement.
Marine Environment Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the marine environment.
Resource Management Implementation
This category is limited to the implementation of tools, frameworks and institutions and provision of advice, support, information, and guidance to the public, practitioners and wider natural resource sector in relation to resource management policy and practices.
Resource Management Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the management of natural and physical resources in New Zealand.
Water Management Implementation
This category is limited to activities associated with the implementation of water management policy and practises.
Water Management Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the quality, flow and availability of freshwater.
Non-Departmental Output Expenses
Water science and economics
This category is limited to water science and economic impact analyses, and guidance to support development of the National Objectives Framework.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

39,533 39,533 54,199

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Developing and Implementing Treaty Settlements and Environmental Accords Policy Advice 2,160 2,160 1,900
Marine Environment Policy Advice 1,339 1,339 3,919
Resource Management Implementation 13,461 13,461 13,260
Resource Management Policy Advice 7,647 7,647 11,646
Water Management Implementation 2,114 2,114 5,837
Water Management Policy Advice 10,411 10,411 15,487

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     
Water science and economics 2,401 2,401 2,150

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

36,542 36,542 51,452
Developing and Implementing Treaty Settlements and Environmental Accords Policy Advice 2,149 2,149 1,874
Marine Environment Policy Advice 1,291 1,291 3,891
Resource Management Implementation 13,227 13,227 13,131
Resource Management Policy Advice 7,542 7,542 11,522
Water Management Implementation 2,075 2,075 5,757
Water Management Policy Advice 10,258 10,258 15,277

Revenue from Others

590 590 597
Developing and Implementing Treaty Settlements and Environmental Accords Policy Advice 11 11 26
Marine Environment Policy Advice 48 48 28
Resource Management Implementation 234 234 129
Resource Management Policy Advice 105 105 124
Water Management Implementation 39 39 80
Water Management Policy Advice 153 153 210
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve quality advice with a focus on improving environmental management frameworks.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Technical quality of advice papers (assessed by a survey with a methodical robustness of 100%)

70% 57% 70%
What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Developing and Implementing Treaty Settlements and Environmental Accords Policy Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve quality policy advice to Ministers in relation to negotiating and implementing Treaty settlements and environmental accords.

     

Number of negotiations supported

15 14 15

Marine Environment Policy Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve quality advice to Ministers on New Zealand's marine environment.

     

Introduce regulations for decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations under the EEZ Act

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Resource Management Implementation

     

This category is intended to achieve support for improvements to the resource management framework, as well as environmental reporting.

     

The Ministry publishes National Monitoring System data within six months of receiving the complete data set from local authorities

New measure N/A Achieved

Number of pieces of guidance to support effective implementation of National Direction

6 6 5

Provide support to five to 10 local authorities reviewing their plans to implement the planning standards (activities and outcomes reported to the Minister through the annual Planning Standards implementation report)

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Finalisation of the amendments to the National Policy Statement Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC) (under the Urban Planning Pillar of the Urban Growth Agenda) to deliver a new National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD)

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Provide support to local authorities in high growth areas to implement the National Policy Statement Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC) (implementation activities and outcomes reported to the Minister through the annual NPS-UDC implementation report)

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Produce environmental reports required by the Environmental Reporting Act

New measure Two Two

Percentage of stakeholder survey respondents who consider reports published under the Environmental Reporting Act 'useful' or 'very useful' to their work

90% 80% 90%

Resource Management Policy Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve the provision of policy advice to Ministers in relation to improving the resource management framework.

     

Minimum 6 weeks' public consultation for all national direction workstreams

100% 100% 100%

Provide advice and recommendations to the Minister on urban growth matters under the Urban Growth Agenda

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Provide advice to the Minister on options for more comprehensive reform of the resource management system

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Water Management Implementation

     

This category is intended to achieve effective support for improvements to the freshwater management framework.

     

Produce catchment case studies to assist communities, iwi/hapu and central and local government, in developing plans to improve the health of waterways in identified at risk catchments

New measure N/A 5

Water Management Policy Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve effective policy advice on freshwater management.

     

Advice on improving water quality is developed and delivered

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

A package of freshwater reforms is progressed to develop or update regulatory instruments where possible

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Water science and economics

     

This category is intended to achieve building science and economics knowledge and capability by developing the science underpinning the attributes for the National Objectives Framework, and the understanding of the economic impacts.

     

Percentage of completed Water Science and Economics projects that achieved stated objectives

New measure 100% 80%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry for the Environment in its Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Productive and Sustainable Land Use: Essential Freshwater and Transition to a Sustainable and Low Emissions Economy 2019/20 - 6,707 11,430 11,434 11,188
Strengthening the Integrity of the Environmental Management System 2019/20 - 6,480 10,004 7,500 6,500
A New Approach to the Crown/Maori Relationship for Freshwater 2018/19 890 - - - -
Resource management Act Enforcement Oversight Unit 2018/19 580 830 830 830 830

Previous Government

           
Increasing Resources to Support Fresh Water Reforms 2017/18 896 - - - -
National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity: Implementation 2017/18 911 695 572 572 572
Resource Management Reform 2015/16 5,100 5,100 5,100 5,100 5,100
Water Management Reform 2015/16 3,700 3,700 3,700 3,700 3,700
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The change in this appropriation for 2019/20 is partly due to new funding of $6.707 million to establish key institutions and regulatory frameworks, build capabilities and tools, to transition to more sustainable land use and a lower emissions economy. There is also additional funding of $6.480 million to strengthen the integrity of the Environment Management System.

There is also an increase of $1.550 million as a result of a one-off reduction of $1.550 million in 2018/19 to cover additional overhead allocation in the Climate Change appropriation. This change restores the appropriation to its usual level.

Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Waste (M29)
Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on reducing harm from natural, chemical and biological hazards and from waste through more effective management frameworks.
Scope of Appropriation
Departmental Output Expenses
Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the risks posed by environmental hazards and waste, including international agreements, conventions and obligations.
Waste Management and Minimisation
This category is limited to operational advice, implementation of tools, frameworks and institutions, and support, information and guidance to stakeholders in relation to waste management and minimisation.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

3,938 3,938 3,918

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice 2,228 2,228 3,296
Waste Management and Minimisation 1,710 1,710 622

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

3,900 3,900 3,850
Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice 2,215 2,215 3,265
Waste Management and Minimisation 1,685 1,685 585

Revenue from Others

38 38 68
Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice 13 13 31
Waste Management and Minimisation 25 25 37
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve quality advice on managing chemical and biological hazards, and waste.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Technical quality of advice papers (assessed by a survey with a methodical robustness of 100%)

70% 80% 70%
What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve quality advice to Ministers on the hazardous substances and new organisms management regime.

     

Provide advice to Ministers on potential amendments to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 and related regulations

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Provide policy recommendations to expand the Waste levy

New measure N/A 30 June 2020

Waste Management and Minimisation

     

This category is intended to achieve support to ensure Crown's obligations under the Waste Minimisation Act are met.

     

Secretariat functions for the Waste Advisory Board are undertaken in accordance with the Board's terms of reference

Achieved Achieved Achieved
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry for the Environment in its Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Improving New Zealand's Resource Efficiency by Reducing Waste 2019/20 - 2,000 2,000 - -
All of Government response to PFAS contamination 2017/18 1,100 - - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The decrease in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to:

  • a reduction of $1.100 million allocated to investigate sites contaminated with per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)
  • a reduction of $950,000 for aligning appropriation to reprioritisation.

This is offset by:

  • additional funding of $2 million for the new initiative to improve New Zealand's resource efficiency by reducing waste
  • an increase of $30,000 from aligning departmental and other revenue.

 

Last updated: 
Thursday, 30 May 2019