Environment Court of New Zealand

The Environment Court of New Zealand (Māori: Te Kōti Taiao o Aotearoa) is a specialist court for plans, resource consents and environmental issues. It mainly deals with issues arising under the Resource Management Act, meaning that it covers a wide range of potential future effects of planning applications, which can include such areas as traffic congestion, noise/pollution emissions and social and commercial consequences, rather than just the 'ecological' aspects that could be implied by the 'environmental' term.

Environment Court of New Zealand
Te Kōti Taiao o Aotearoa (Māori)
Established1996
LocationAuckland, Wellington and Christchurch
Authorized byResource Management Act 1991
Appeals toHigh Court of New Zealand
Websiteenvironmentcourt.govt.nz
Chief Environment Court Judge
CurrentlyJudge D A Kirkpatrick
Since2020