About the Natural Resources Sector

This page outlines the role of the Natural Resources Sector and explains who is involved.

Our Role

The Natural Resources Sector (NRS) is a group of government agencies who are responsible for the management and stewardship of New Zealand’s natural resources. We work together to create a more productive economy while improving the environment for New Zealanders.

The NRS is tasked with building a coherent and integrated approach to sector-wide natural resources issues while providing joined-up, high quality advice to government ministers. We are also committed to working effectively with local government, Iwi/hāpu, New Zealand business, and others to deliver on our outcomes.

A jointly agreed work programme focuses on delivering results both in the short and longer term.

The NRS’s goal is to improve the productivity of New Zealand’s resource-reliant industries while reducing their environmental impact. This goal supports the Government’s Business Growth Agenda.

Who is part of the Natural Resources Sector?

The NRS agencies are:

The NRS is supported by the Treasury, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the State Services Commission.

The Natural Resources Sector Support Unit (NRSSU) supports the NRS work programme and champions collaboration across the sector.

Find out about the governance of the NRS.