• NZP&M Block Offer 2015

    Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today opened the Block Offer 2015 tender for petroleum exploration permits.

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    NZP&M Block Offer 2015
  • Data Pack 2015 Now Available

    Our most comprehensive pack yet, featuring 11 exciting new projects.

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    Data Pack 2015 Now Available
  • The Core Store

    The National Core Store houses both petroleum and minerals core, and has fit-for-purpose viewing facilities.

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    The Core Store
  • Public information factsheets

    Find out more about how the government manages New Zealand's oil, gas and minerals industry

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    Public information factsheets

In focus

Over the last few months the regulation of the petroleum and minerals sector has been a subject of some debate.

Attention has been on the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), and what recent marine consent decisions mean for the fledgling seabed mining industry.


[internal link] How the government manages the industry. How the government manages the industry
Multiple government agencies, together with regional and district councils, share the responsibility for regulating petroleum and minerals activities in New Zealand. This activity is carefully managed at every step.

Latest news

Reservation of Land from prospecting permits

9 July 2015
Reservations of Land from prospecting for metallic minerals have been put in place over parts of Nelson, Marlborough, Otago and Southland.

Platinum land reservations expire today

6 July 2015
Reservations from mineral permitting for the 2013 South Island Platinum tender have expired.

Kermadec mineral reservation extended

25 June 2015
The existing mineral reservation over the Kermadec and Colville Arcs will be extended until 2017.

Māui gas field license renewed

15 May 2015
Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has renewed the petroleum license for the Māui gas field for 21 years.

Permitting now available online

23 April 2015
Permits and applications can now be managed through New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals' new Online Permitting System.

Global geological workshop comes to New Zealand

21 April 2015
The American Association for Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Geosciences Technology Workshop is being held in Wellington.