ELI aims to protect Aotearoa’s natural taonga and to address human induced impacts on the marine, freshwater and land environments, and the climate, through scientific and legal research, education and action.

Welcome to the Environmental Law Initiative

We are a not-for-profit organisation looking to make a positive difference for nature and the environment.  

We will do this through the application and improvement of New Zealand environmental and natural resource management laws.  We will research and review the application of these laws and the outcomes for the environment. We will publicise and promote our findings to the community. We will support advocacy for better outcomes for our natural taonga and the wider environment of Aotearoa.  Where necessary we will take or support legal action to defend nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment for all.

We will partner with iwi and hapū as kaitiaki for the environment in their respective rohe, other community groups, not-for-profits and individuals to achieve common outcomes.

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New Zealand is a very special place with ecosystems and plants and animals that are unique due to the island location and lack of introduced species. Read more
Almost half of the world’s whales and dolphins visit or live in New Zealand waters and it is also the seabird capital of the world. Read more
Water is one of the most important issues for New Zealanders and yet our waterways are in crisis. Read more
Climate change is the biggest environmental and economic threat we have ever faced. Our native plants and animals are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Read more
New Zealand has a heritage of public protected lands, the majority managed on our behalf by the Department of Conservation in partnership with Iwi. Read more

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