Member Advisory

National Policy Statement – Indigenous Biodiversity – submission advice

February 27, 2020


To all members

Further to our previous updates on the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB) process, we now attach information on how to submit.

Please note that submissions are due 14 March 2020.

Farms across New Zealand contain indigenous biodiversity and most farmers recognise the importance of it to their farming system, and vice versa. However, the NPS-IB will impact what you can and cannot do on farm into the future, and therefore it is important you are aware of what is being proposed.

Federated Farmers will be fully submitting on your behalf, but there is also a lot of power in individual farmer submissions.

We strongly encourage those of you who have indigenous biodiversity on your farm, significant or otherwise, to take the time to explain to the government what the impact of the proposed NPS will likely be on your current farm practices, your farm’s ongoing viability, and any future aspirations you may have. This is a great time to tell your story, and any challenges you may face.

We have issued fact sheets to highlight the key areas of the NPS that may affect you and we have held meetings alongside Beef + Lamb to talk with you about this very important policy statement.

You can access the Fact Sheet by clicking here

All information and documents relating to the proposed NPS can be found on the Ministry for the Environment’s site here.

Federated Farmers has prepared a template to help you structure your submission. We have also included guidance notes to give some pointers on how to write your submission and how to use the template. These can be found here.

Please send your submission to MfE’s dedicated email address for this NPS

We also need your help in completing our biodiversity-on-farm survey. Can you please take a few minutes of your time to fill this in by clicking here


If you have any general questions about this NPS, please contact your regional policy advisor.

Lisa Brewer
Senior Policy Advisor

Kim Reilly
South Island Regional Policy Manager