NZAIA is an NGO set up to promote and support impact assessment practice in New Zealand and the Pacific region. It was formally incorporated as NZAIA in 1998, but existed before that as a social impact network dating from the 1980s. Our membership is diverse, comprising practitioners, academics, researchers and students, members of iwi organisations, NGOs, and the general public. We all share an interest in impact assessment, a decision-support method that is one of the most important tools we have for safeguarding the environment.
Impact assessment for us means the process of examining the potential implications of proposed actions (be they project, plan or policy actions) for the natural environment, for people, their health and wellbeing, and their social, cultural and economic activities and values -- with particular emphasis on the unanticipated impacts. That analysis is then used to modify proposals, to inform final decisions about proposals, and to inform impact management plans.
In New Zealand, the AEE process under the RMA is the most common form of impact assessment that people encounter (often called environmental impact assessment overseas), but other forms of impact assessment are also practised in this country: social impact assessment, health impact assessment, cultural impact assessment, ecological impact assessment, regulatory impact assessment, and so forth.
NZAIA is a community of impact assessment specialists and supporters. We organise conferences, often aimed at specific resource or activity sectors, such as transport infrastructure, urban growth, and energy. We make submissions on proposed legislation that may have implications for impact assessment. We also provide an easy way into the international IA community through our affiliation with the International Association for Impact Assessment.
1. To promote the practice of impact assessment (including social and environmental assessment) in the formulation and implementation of development and policy proposals.
2. To promote research and consultation practices which identify the full social and environmental effects of policies & projects and the measures required to address these.
3. To promote the development of impact assessment theory and methods.
4. To promote impact assessment that recognises and accommodates different social and cultural values, including those of indigenous peoples.
5. To promote and encourage a high standard of practice amongst members of the Association and others using impact assessment methods, in accordance with the Code of Ethics.
6. To recognise and consider the Treaty of Waitangi.
7. To undertake or encourage initiatives consistent with the other objects, powers and resources of the Association, to promote or advance the protection of the environment.
2019 Core Group
Core group members:
Visit the Join/Contact page on this website for information on membership.
full members $50 per year
student/low wage $20 per year
NZAIA Inc is a registered charity, registration number: CC54658