Estimates of appropriations

Vote Environment - Estimates 2013/2014

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Minister for Climate Change Issues (M12), Minister for the Environment (M29)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: Ministry for the Environment

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: Minister for the Environment

Overview of the Vote#

The Minister for the Environment and Minister for Climate Change Issues are responsible for appropriations in Vote Environment for the 2013/14 financial year covering the following impact areas:

Achieving better solutions to environmental problems

  • a total of just over $4 million to manage environmental obligations and programmes
  • a total of just under $11 million for grants to third parties for domestic environmental management and education programmes, and contributions to international institutions.

Improving the quality, flow and availability of fresh water

  • a total of nearly $6 million to provide advice and implement tools for water management
  • a total of around $24 million in funding and grants to third parties for water initiatives as part of the Fresh Start for Fresh Water programme.

Improving the resource management framework

  • a total of around $15 million to provide advice and implement tools to improve resource management including management of the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Improving the relationship with Maori

  • a total of nearly $2 million for the Ministry for the Environment to negotiate and implement fair, durable and fit for purpose deeds of settlement and environmental accords
  • a total of nearly $4 million in funding for Iwi to engage in the co-management arrangements.

Reducing harm from natural, chemical and biological hazards and from waste

  • a total of around $6 million to provide advice and implement tools to mitigate environmental hazards and waste
  • a total of just over $16 million for the implementation and operation of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 and for monitoring and enforcement of compliance under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 by the Environmental Protection Authority
  • a total of nearly $6 million for services provided by third parties for the investigation, management and remediation services relating to contaminated sites
  • a total of just over $34 million for waste minimisation initiatives and payments to territorial local authorities for their proportion of the Waste Disposal Levy as prescribed in the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 including impairment of debt.

Decrease New Zealand's net emissions of greenhouse gases

  • a total of around $9 million for the development of a national carbon accounting system
  • a total of just over $8 million for policy advice in relation to the domestic and international climate change programmes and contributions to international programmes
  • a total of around $171 million for the allocation of New Zealand emission units to the New Zealand economy
  • a total of just over $7 million for administration, implementation and operation of the Emissions Trading Scheme including the impairment of debt.

Enabling the organisation

  • a total of $575,000 for capital expenditure mainly for the development and purchase of new software
  • a total of nearly $3 million for Ministerial Servicing.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Environment in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

Details of Appropriations#

Details of Annual and Permanent Appropriations

Details of Annual and Permanent Appropriations - Environment
2012/132013/14
Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation TypeBudgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Departmental Output Expenses

Climate Change MCOA (M12)

8,3538,3538,033
Domestic Climate Change Programme Policy Advice
This output class is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to domestic climate change.
3,8543,8544,889
International Climate Change Programme Policy Advice
This output class is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to international climate change issues, negotiating positions for climate change agreements and development of carbon markets.
3,5423,5423,095
Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy
This output class is limited to the implementation and collection of the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy.
95795749

Environmental Management Obligations and Programmes MCOA (M29)

4,2274,2274,380
Domestic Obligations and Programmes
This output class is limited to contributing to and monitoring of domestic environmental management programmes and educational programmes promoting awareness of environmental issues.
2,3462,3462,768
International Obligations and Institutions Policy Advice
This output class is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to advice on international environmental arrangements, agreements and partnerships; contributing to negotiations with international parties on environmental issues in line with international arrangements, agreements and partnerships.
1,8811,8811,612

Improving Resource Management MCOA (M29)

24,95824,95822,558
Developing and Implementing Treaty Settlements and Environmental Accords Policy Advice
This output class is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to environmental accords with Maori and Treaty settlements involving natural resources; contributing to negotiations with iwi and affected parties on environmental issues as part of developing deeds of settlement.
1,3481,3481,581
Marine Environment Policy Advice
This output class is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the marine environment.
1,2561,2561,637
Resource Management Implementation
This output class is limited to the implementation of tools, frameworks and institutions and provision of advice, support, information, and guidance to the public, practitioners and wider natural resource sector in relation to resource management policy and practices.
6,4026,4026,218
Resource Management Policy Advice
This output class is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the management of natural and physical resources in New Zealand.
6,7646,7647,154
Water Management Policy Advice
This output class is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the quality, flow and availability of freshwater.
9,1889,1885,968

Ministerial Services (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of services to Ministers to enable them to discharge their portfolio responsibilities (other than policy decision-making).
2,6602,6602,973

Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Waste MCOA (M29)

3,9633,9633,838
Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice
This output class is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the risks posed by environmental hazards and waste, including international agreements, conventions and obligations.
1,7781,7782,146
Waste Management and Minimisation
This output class is limited to operational advice, implementation of tools, frameworks and institutions, and support, information and guidance to stakeholders in relation to waste management and minimisation.
2,1852,1851,692

Waste Minimisation Administration (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the collection and administration of the waste levy and assessing and monitoring costs relating to projects considered or approved for funding from the waste levy.
2,3242,3241,714

Total Departmental Output Expenses

46,48546,48543,496

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

Administration of New Zealand Units held on Trust (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the application for and holding on trust of New Zealand Units on behalf of the future owners of Crown Forest Licensed land.
177177177

Community Environment Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to strengthening partnerships, raising environmental awareness and encouraging participation in environmental initiatives in the community.
2,9922,4316,472

Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the investigation, management and remediation of contaminated sites.
3203205,453

Contestable Waste Minimisation Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to grants for waste minimisation initiatives.
12,56212,22220,004

Emissions Trading Scheme (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the implementation and operation of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and maintenance of a register to enable the holding and transfer of climate change units.
7,9377,9376,392

Environmental Protection Authority: Regulatory Functions MCOA (M29)

14,20014,20016,100
Compliance and Enforcement
This output class is limited to promotion of compliance and oversight of enforcement for the legislation, regulations, approvals and permits in relation to hazardous substances, ozone-depleting substances, hazardous waste and new organisms.
2,5632,5633,252
Decision Making
This output class is limited to enabling decision-making processes for approvals or permits relating to new organisms and hazardous substances, or to import, use and export ozone-depleting substances and hazardous waste of international concern.
7,2917,2916,428
Supporting Environmental Management
This output class is limited to supporting decision-making frameworks and providing advice on the implementation and effectiveness of policy, legislation and international developments in the management of hazardous substances, ozone-depleting substances, hazardous waste, new organisms and resource management processes at the national level.
4,3464,3466,420

Environmental Training Programmes (M29)

This appropriation is limited to supporting training programmes, including Te Aho Tu Roa, that promote environmental and social sustainability, encourage Maori participation, raise environmental and ecological awareness and encourage children and young people to participate in environmental initiatives in the community.
1,9001,9001,900

Fresh Start for Fresh Water: New Initiatives (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the clean-up of New Zealand's freshwater waterbodies arising from historical contamination.
4,9703,9878,600

Fresh Start for Fresh Water: Rotorua Lakes Restoration Programme (M29)

This appropriation is limited to maintaining and improving the water quality of the Rotorua Lakes.
8,2008,2009,000

Promotion of Sustainable Land Management (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the promotion and coordination of sustainable land management practice through a national network of coordinators.
800800800

Total Non-Departmental Output Expenses

54,05852,17474,898

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

Allocation of New Zealand Units (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the granting of New Zealand Units to sectors of the New Zealand Economy.
327,980327,980170,680

Climate Change Development Fund (M12)

This appropriation is limited to supporting international projects to assist developing countries address climate change issues.
300300300

Environmental Legal Assistance (M29)

This appropriation is limited to supporting groups that wish to advocate for environmental issues in resource management cases in the courts and appearances at Boards of Inquiry of projects of national significance.
800800800

Framework Convention on Climate Change (M12)

New Zealand's contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
127127127

Fresh Start for Fresh Water: Waikato River Clean-up Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to funding for the Waikato River Clean-up Fund for the restoration and protection of the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River for future generations.
4,7454,7455,065

Impairment of Debt Relating to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the impairment and write-down of debt arising from the collection of revenue under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.
15,000-1,000

Impairment of Debt Relating to the Waste Disposal Levy collection (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the impairment and write-down of debt arising from the collection of levy under the Waste Minimisation Act 2009.
1,5001,5001,500

International Subscriptions (M29)

This appropriation is limited to subscriptions to International Environmental Agreements.
117117117

United Nations Environment Programme (M29)

New Zealand's membership of the United Nations Environment Programme.
393393393

Waikato River Co-Governance (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the governance and operational costs of Waikato River co-governance.
910910910

Waikato River Co-Management (M29)

This appropriation is limited to enabling the Waikato River Iwi to engage in the new co-management arrangements in relation to the Waikato River.
9,7879,7872,810

Waste Disposal Levy Disbursements to Territorial Local Authorities (M29)

This appropriation is limited to payments to Territorial Local Authorities of their proportion of the Waste Disposal Levy as prescribed under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
13,00013,00013,000

Crown indemnities under the Projects to Reduce Emissions Agreements PLA (M12)

This appropriation is limited to indemnity payments as authorised by section 65ZG of the Public Finance Act 1989 for the Projects to Reduce Emissions Agreements.
1,0001,000-

Hawke's Bay Rivers Clean-up Fund (M29)

This appropriation is limited to a grant to the Hawke's Bay Regional Council for the clean-up of the Mohaka, Waikari and Waihua Rivers consistent with the findings of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council - Ngati Pahauwera Research Study.
2,0002,000-

Issue of New Zealand Assigned Amount Units to Permanent Forest Sink Initiative Participants (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the granting of New Zealand Assigned Amount Units to Permanent Forest Sink Initiative participants for eligible afforestation.
16,80016,800-

Provision of a new water source for Rotorua (M29)

This appropriation is limited to a one-off grant to the Rotorua District Council to identify and provide an alternative drinking water source to that of Taniwha Springs.
1,075--

Purchase of Units under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (M12)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase and surrender of units under Section 159 of the Climate Change Response Act 2002.
6,000--

Transitional Support for Local Government and Iwi (M29)

This appropriation is limited to providing transitional support to local authorities and iwi for new arrangements involving iwi in the management of natural resources arising from historical Treaty settlements.
82550-

Total Non-Departmental Other Expenses

402,359379,509196,702

Departmental Capital Expenditure

Ministry for the Environment - Capital Expenditure PLA (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of the Ministry for the Environment, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989.
675675575

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

675675575

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

Purchase of PRE Units (M12)

Purchasing of PRE emission units by the Crown from the Projects to Reduce Emissions (PRE) portfolio.
1,2521,252-

Total Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

1,2521,252-

Total Annual and Permanent Appropriations

504,829480,095315,671

Details of Multi-Year Appropriations#

Multi-Year Appropriations - Environment
Type, Title, Scope and Period of AppropriationsAppropriation, Adjustments and Use$000

Departmental Output Expenses

Land Use and Carbon Analysis System (M12) (M12)

This appropriation is limited to developing a national carbon accounting system that will contribute to meeting of New Zealand's greenhouse gas reporting obligations under the Kyoto Protocol and the UNFCCC.

Commences: 1 July 2012

Expires: 30 June 2014

Original Appropriation15,843
Adjustments for 2011/12-
Adjustments to 2012/131,078
Adjusted Appropriation16,921
Actual to 2011/12 Year End-
Estimated Actual for 2012/137,938
Estimated Actual for 2013/148,983
Estimated Appropriation Remaining-

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

Protecting Lake Taupo Programme (M29) (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the reduction of nitrogen levels entering Lake Taupo.

Commences: 22 September 2010

Expires: 30 June 2015

Original Appropriation10,668
Adjustments for 2011/12-
Adjustments to 2012/13-
Adjusted Appropriation10,668
Actual to 2011/12 Year End4,829
Estimated Actual for 2012/134,071
Estimated Actual for 2013/141,400
Estimated Appropriation Remaining368

Rena Long-term Environment Recovery (M29)

This appropriation is limited to funding for the implementation of the Rena Long-term Environmental Recovery Plan.

Commences: 7 March 2012

Expires: 30 June 2015

Original Appropriation2,872
Adjustments for 2011/12-
Adjustments to 2012/13(995)
Adjusted Appropriation1,877
Actual to 2011/12 Year End-
Estimated Actual for 2012/131,877
Estimated Actual for 2013/14-
Estimated Appropriation Remaining-

Tui Mine Remediation (M29) (M29)

This appropriation is limited to the remediation and clean up of Tui Mine.

Commences: 1 July 2011

Expires: 30 June 2014

Original Appropriation15,200
Adjustments for 2011/12-
Adjustments to 2012/13-
Adjusted Appropriation15,200
Actual to 2011/12 Year End10,000
Estimated Actual for 2012/134,850
Estimated Actual for 2013/14350
Estimated Appropriation Remaining-

Details of Projected Movements in Departmental
Net Assets#

Ministry for the Environment

Ministry for the Environment - Details of Projected Movements in Departmental Net Assets - Environment
Details of Net Asset Schedule2012/13
Estimated Actual
$000
2013/14
Projected
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2013/14
Opening Balance5,9925,992
Capital Injections--
Capital Withdrawals--
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred)--
Other Movements--

Closing Balance

5,9925,992