National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land
Contributing towards the new National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land.
Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries
Government, Built Environment
Planning and Policy
The National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) came into effect from 17 October 2022. The NPS-HPL has been developed to enhance the protection of New Zealand’s most productive land for use in land-based primary production and provide clear and consistent direction for councils and the private sector.
From as early as 2018, 4Sight worked closely with the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for the Environment to develop the NPS-HPL. 4Sight was originally engaged to facilitate the workshops with local authorities and industry stakeholders across New Zealand to help better understand the planning issues and options for national direction. The scope of 4Sight’s involvement expanded as the project progressed and we demonstrated the value we were able to add to all facets of preparing the NPS-HPL. We were involved at every step of the policy development, from the initial scoping through to nationwide reviews of rural zone plan provisions, public consultation and stakeholder engagement, submission analysis, preparing the report on submissions, drafting the NPS-HPL provisions and preparing the section 32 report.
4Sight continues to work with the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries to complete technical guidance to support both local authorities and the private sector interpret and implement the NPS-HPL. 4Sight’s expertise in national policy development, strategic advice, facilitating stakeholder engagement and working collaboratively with our clients has been instrumental in taking the NPS-HPL from the concept stage through to implemented national policy.