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The Environmental Protection Authority
(Te Mana Rauhī Taiao) is a government agency New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga...
. It takes over functions from various government departments from 1 July 2011.
It was initially set up on 1 October 2009 under the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Bill 2009. In May 2011 it passed the final reading in Parliament by 63 votes to 59 with support from National, the Maori Party and United Future. The Act Party withdrew its support after Treaty of Waitangi
The Treaty of Waitangi is a treaty first signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and various Māori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand....
provisions were added to garner support from the Maori Party.
It will take over environmental regulation functions from Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Environmental Risk Management Authority
The Environmental Risk Management Authority is a New Zealand government agency which controls the introduction of hazardous substances and new organisms....
and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The EPA Establishment Board is chaired by former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast
Kerry Leigh Prendergast, CNZM was the 33rd Mayor of Wellington . She was the second woman to serve as Mayor of Wellington, succeeding Mark Blumsky.-Before politics:...