chapter  4
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Sea in New Zealand

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is not a term in common use within

New Zealand’s policy and planning communities. Given the lack of any specific

legislative requirement for SEA, the term is likely to be unfamiliar to many

practitioners. While New Zealand has more than 30 years experience with

environmental assessment (EA), this process is only gradually gaining a

foothold at policy level. For the most part, the analysis of policies and plans as

envisaged by SEA internationally is not common practice.