The Ministry is the Government`s principal adviser on environmental sustainability and international matters that affect the environment. The environment supports New Zealand’s economy based on natural resources, the health of our people, and our quality of life. At the same time, the health of the environment is affected by the way every New Zealander behaves. Our vision is for a prosperous New Zealand where a healthy environment enhances social and economic well-being. The Ministry is committed to leading environmental sustainability, which supports social and economic well-being.