The National Environmental Standards (NES) for Electricity Transmission Activities came into effect on 14 January 2010.
The NES sets out a national framework of permissions and consent requirements for activities on existing electricity transmission lines. Activities include the operation, maintenance and upgrading of existing lines.
The NES only applies to existing high voltage electricity transmission lines. It does not apply to the construction of new transmission lines, nor to substations. The NES does not apply to electricity distribution lines – these are the lines carrying electricity from regional substations to electricity users.
You can view the standards online on the NZ Legislation website, or order a copy from Government Bookshops.
The Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities) Regulations 2009 incorporate the following material by reference:
New Zealand Standard NZS 6803: 1999 Acoustics – Construction noise
German Standard DIN 4150–3:1999 Structural Vibration – Effects of Vibration on Structures.
This incorporated material can be inspected by appointment free of charge from the Ministry for the Environment’s head office at the following address.
23 Kate Sheppard Place
To make an appointment to inspect the incorporated material, please contact the Ministry for the Environment on:
Phone: (04) 439 7537
Photocopying of incorporated material will not be permitted.
Alternatively the incorporated material above may be purchased from:
Questions and answers on the National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities
The Ministry for the Environment has prepared two guidance documents for councils, industry and the public:
A discussion document setting out the resource management issues which arise from managing the operation, maintenance and upgrading of New Zealand’s electricity transmission network, and how a NES could potentially resolve some of these issues, was released for public comment in October 2007.
The Ministry for the Environment received eighty-four submissions, and the issues raised are reflected in the summary of submissions. Refer to the Report on submissions for the Proposed National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission.
In September 2008, Cabinet decided the NES should proceed and agreed that regulations should be drafted to give effect to the standards. Refer to the Cabinet paper: report back on development of national environmental standards for electricity transmission – May 2008.
The Cabinet paper was accompanied by a regulatory impact statement, presenting the costs and benefits of the policy. Refer to the Regulatory impact statement: National environmental standards for electricity transmission activities.
The section 32 report evaluated the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the NES. This is a requirement under the RMA when developing a regulation, including a NES. The report also includes a response to public submissions.
To read more about the NES and the process by which it was developed see:
If you would like more information about the NES for electricity transmission activities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 9 October 2013