[Replaces New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 1994 Published: 1994]


The New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) guides local authorities in their day to day management of the coastal environment.

Resource management system reform

In August 2023, Parliament passed new laws to replace the Resource Management Act 1991.

Shifting to the new resource management system will take up to 10 years. During this time old and new system will continue to apply and run in parallel. We will continue to update these pages as changes happen.

For information about the reforms, visit the Ministry for the Environment’s website.


The purpose of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) is to state policies in order to achieve the purpose of the Resource Management Act in relation to the coastal environment of New Zealand.

The NZCPS 2010 took effect on 3 December 2010 when the NZCPS 1994 was revoked.


Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House Head Office
Phone:   +64 4 471 0726
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   info@doc.govt.nz
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington 6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
Wellington 6140

To request a published copy email your postal address to nzcps2010@doc.govt.nz

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