National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) was established under the Animal Welfare Act to provide independent advice to the Government minister responsible for animal welfare.

NAWAC's role in animal welfare

NAWAC gives the Government minister responsible for animal welfare advice on:

  • The welfare of animals in New Zealand
  • Animal welfare research needs
  • Legislative proposals
  • Codes of welfare
  • Regulations
  • Traps and devices
  • Hunting and killing animals in a wild state.

Section 57 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 lists all of NAWAC’s functions.

Animal Welfare Act 1999 - New Zealand Legislation

NAWAC's work programme

On 2 May 2024, NAWAC received a Letter of Expectations from Associate Minister Hon Andrew Hoggard (Animal Welfare, Skills) outlining the expectations for NAWAC for the 2024-25 financial year. NAWAC are currently reviewing their 2024-25 Work Programme, which will be uploaded to the NAWAC website in due course.