The People’s Inquiry 2020 – 2021 wants to hear from you…

The People’s Inquiry into the Impacts and Effects of Toxic Chemicals and Poisons on our People, Wildlife and Environment – Te Uiuinga e pā ana ki nga Pātanga me nga Tukinotanga a nga Matū Tāoke me nga Paitini ki ngā Tāngata, nga Kararehe Kōwao me te Taiao

The Inquiry is currently accepting submissions from people who have been harmed by chemical exposure, or have observed the effects first hand.  The Inquiry also welcomes submissions and reports from scientists, researchers and those working on non-toxic sustainable solutions in New Zealand. An Online Hearing will be held in September 2021 with an independent expert Panel of Commissioners, where those who wish to share their oral testimony have an opportunity to be heard. Read more in the Inquiry Briefing Document.

Submissions Close – August 27th, 2021

Online Hearing Dates – September 2nd – 4th, 2021

Shane Hyde – Herbicide Poisoning Experience
Michele Mitcalfe – Aerial Poisoning Experience
Sonya Ihimaera – Kaitiakitanga, Rongoa and Toxins
Nyree Porter Manuel – Poison on the Whenua

Climate Change

The Impact of toxic chemicals and poisons on our climate and environment is huge. Most are fossil fuel based and when used on land damage soil life resulting in leaching of carbon and prevention of carbon sequestration.

Interviews & Stories

Watch personal experiences shared by New Zealanders who have been affected by chemicals, as well as interviews with experts, researchers and others who have knowledge to share.


Sustainable, non-toxic, workable solutions that will help us shift away from harmful chemicals. Do you have workable solutions to share? Get in touch with us.

The Online Hearing

The public Online Hearing will take place in September 2021. People who have made a submission are invited to give oral testimony.


Help spread the word about the Inquiry by downloading and printing posters, flyers etc.

Support & Advocacy

Do you need support? Whether it is information or emotional support, there are people who can help.

Recent News


Rachel Carson “Silent Spring” 1963

“By their very nature, chemical controls are self-defeating, for they have been devised and applied without taking into account complex biological systems against which they have been blindly hurled. The chemicals may have been pretested against a few individual species, but not against living communities.”

About Us

An alliance focused on the environmental health of Aotearoa, New Zealand and her people. Read more about us here.


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Other Support

Are you interested in supporting The People’s Inquiry 2020? Volunteer your time, skills, expertise. Read more here.

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