2 Oct 2010

New environmental report act intended next year

11:18 am on 2 October 2010

Environment Minister Nick Smith says the Government is looking to introduce environmental reporting legislation next year to help improve the quality of information collected.

He says New Zealand is the only OECD country without a legislative basis for environment reporting.

Dr Smith says that's inconsistent with New Zealand's 'clean green' brand and the Government wants it rectified.

He says he's keen for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment to play an enhanced role in the collection and reporting of data.