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After a 3 year review the National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities 2016 (NESTF 2016) came into effect on 1 January 2017, replacing the existing NESTF 2008.

NESTF 2016 provides greater national consistency and more comprehensive range of opportunities and standards for the deployment of upgraded and new telecommunications facilities across New Zealand. One of the objectives is:

To enable efficient and effective roll out of telecommunication infrastructure throughout the whole of New Zealand, e.g. UFB 2 and RBI 2.


The scope of the NESTF 2016 is much wider than the NESTF 2008 framework by expanding the opportunities to include new facilities in rural zones and the road reserve; new antennas on buildings; small cell on structures and the upgrading of existing telecommunication facilities as permitted activities but subject to standards to ensure environmental effects are minimised and managed appropriately.

The situations when District Plans can have more stringent standards over the NESTF 2016 has been expanded, for example visual amenity landscape; Significant habitats for indigenous vegetation and fauna.

Radio frequency exposure standards have not been changed but now recognise the AS/NZS 2772.2 as the radio-frequency measurement standard.

The NESTF 2016 does not regulate all types of telecommunication facilities, e.g. new facilities in urban areas, therefore District Plans will continue to have objectives, policies and standards for the provision of telecommunication facilities.

For more information on the NESTF 2016 visit the Ministry for the Environment website: NESTF 2016

Information Workshops

A series of information workshops will be held across the country facilitated and presented by members of the NESTF Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The workshop agenda is based on material from the NESTF 2016 User Guide currently being developed by MBIE, MfE and the TAG and will provide:

  • Introduction to NESTF 2016 and User Guide
  • Explores what is enabled by the new standards
  • Relation to District and Regional Plans or other legislation
  • Case studies
  • Explores what provisions will be required in District Plans
  • Opportunity for discussion

Who should attend?

  • Council consent and policy planners
  • Compliance officers
  • Consultants processing consents or undertaking policy works for local government or Telecommunication clients
  • Telecommunications industry staff preparing applications or advising on NESTF 2016

Workshop schedule

Register here to attend one of the following workshops

Workshop location Date & TimeVenue

3 February 2017

9am - 12pm

Nelson District Council

Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street


8 February 2017

1pm - 4pm

Southland District Council

15 Forth Street


10 February 2017

9am - 12.00pm

Opus International Consultants Ltd

Opus House, 197 Rattray St


13 February 2017

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Local Government NZ

Level 1, 117 Lambton Quay


14 February 2017

12.30pm - 3.30pm


Level 10, 1 Willis St

New Plymouth

15 February 2017

1.30pm to 4.30pm

New Plymouth City Council

Council Chamber


16 February 2017

1.30pm - 4.30 pm

Auckland City Council

Level 1 East, 35 Graham Street


17 February 2017

9am - 12pm

Takapuna Council Building

1 The Strand, Takapuna


17 February 2017

1pm - 4pm 

Takapuna Council Building

1 The Strand, Takapuna


21 February 2017

1pm - 4pm

Auckland Council,

Level 14, 135 Albert Street


22 February 2017

10am - 12.30pm

Whangarei Library

5 Rust Avenue,


28 February

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Bill Gallagher Event Rm 2

Wintec, Hamilton


3 March 2017

1pm - 4pm

Western Bay of Plenty District Council,

1484 Cameron Road,



2 March 2017

9am - 12.30pm

Taupo District Council

Owen Delany Park

off Centennial Drive,



8 March 2017

1 - 4pm 

Hasting District Council Chamber

207 Lyndon Rd, Hastings
Palmerston North

7 March 2017

9am - 12.30pm

Palmerston North District Council

Committee Room 1, Level 1 Palmerston North City

Council Office Building


14 March 2017

9.30am - 12.30pm

Greymouth Council

105 Tainui Street


15 March 2017

9am - 12pm

Christchurch City Council

53 Hereford St


16 March 2017

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Christchurch City Council

53 Hereford St


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Last Modified On Tuesday, 7 February 2017