|Te Kaitiaki Taiao a Te Whare P?remata|
New Zealand's first three Parliamentary Commissioners for the Environment (from left): Helen Hughes (1987-1997), Dr Morgan Williams (1997-2007), Dr Jan Wright (2007-2017)
|Headquarters||Reserve Bank Building, 2 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Annual budget||Total budget for 2019/20|
Vote Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (Te Kaitiaki Taiao a Te Whare P?remata in M?ori) is an independent Officer of the New Zealand Parliament appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the House of Representatives for a five-year term under the Environment Act 1986. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment replaced the Commission for the Environment, a Government agency which was formed in 1972.
The Commissioner is one of three officers of Parliament (the Ombudsmen and the controller and auditor general) who are independent of the executive and who may review activities of the executive government and report directly to Parliament.
The Commissioner's role is to review and provide advice on environmental issues and the system of agencies and processes established by the Government to manage the environment. The primary objective of the office is to contribute to maintaining and improving the quality of the environment in New Zealand through advice given to Parliament, local councils, business, tangata whenua, communities and other public agencies.
The Commissioner may: