About us

We are the government agency responsible for regulating activities that affect New Zealand's environment.

What we do

The work we do each day is about protecting the environment and enhancing a safe and sustainable way of life, and future, for all New Zealanders.

Our people

Find out about the people who make up our senior leadership team, our Board, and our Māori advisory committee.


We have committed to the internationally-recognised Toitū carbonreduce® (previously CEMARS®) programme.

EPA Annual Report 2020

The work we do for the good of Aotearoa New Zealand continues to grow.

Our role in approving COVID-19 vaccines

A manufacturer or importer is required to have approval from us if a vaccine contains a new organism or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).