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About NZP&M

New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals (NZP&M) manages the New Zealand Government's oil, gas, mineral and coal resources, known as the Crown Mineral Estate.

NZP&M's broad aim is to maximise the gains to New Zealand from the development of mineral resources, in line with the Government’s objectives for energy and economic growth. We report to the Minister of Energy and Resources.

Our core role is to:
  • build understanding about New Zealand’s petroleum (oil and gas) and mineral potential
  • facilitate investment in exploration and development
  • provide an effective management regime for the exploration and development of the Crown mineral estate.
Our activities include:
  • running competitive tender processes to encourage exploration and development of resources
  • processing and monitoring prospecting, exploration and mining permits
  • collecting royalties, levies and fees payable to the Crown
  • managing compliance with the minerals programmes and regulations
  • managing technical data about New Zealand's petroleum, mineral and coal resources.

NZP&M is a branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

MBIE develops and deliver policy, services, advice and regulation to support business growth and the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

NZP&M Online Services

Our Minister

Careers with MBIE

NZP&M Online Services

Online Exploration Database

  • a FREE online database, allowing you to easily discover, preview and access exploration information by browsing database fields and digital reports online. Register for this free service to directly download or order your data for delivery.

Exploration Database

Permitting database

  • search our database of current permits, plus view recent permit applications received and granted.

Permitting database

Permit maps

  • view the locations of current prospecting, exploration and mining permits in New Zealand via these interactive maps.

Petroleum permit webmap

Minerals permit webmap



Our Minister

Hon Simon Bridges

Hon Simon Bridges
Minister of Energy and Resources

In the current National-led Government, Simon is Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Labour, and Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues.

Prior to standing for Parliament, Simon was a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the District and High Courts. Simon had been a prosecutor in Tauranga since 2001, working largely on jury trials. He moved to Tauranga from a role as litigation lawyer at a major legal firm based in Auckland.

He has worked as a volunteer in local organisations and on neighbourhood projects. He enjoys being active in the community and the great lifestyle that Tauranga has to offer.

Simon was educated at the University of Auckland, completing a BA (Political Science and History) and a LLB (Hons). He received a Senior Law Prize. He later completed a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. He also went to the London School of Economics and worked as an intern at the British House of Commons, after receiving the Chevening-Hansard Society Fellowship.

Simon was selected as National’s candidate for Tauranga in June 2008, and elected that year as the MP for Tauranga. He was successful again in 2011, winning his seat with the 5th highest majority support in New Zealand.

Since being elected in 2008, Simon has been a member of the Law and Order Select Committee, the Auckland Governance Select Committee, the Maori Affairs Select Committee and is a former Deputy-Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. In the current Parliament, he was the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee and member of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee until he became a Minister in April 2012.

View Hon Simon Bridges' page - Beehive website


New Zealand's petroleum and mineral resources are extremely valuable national assets. Unlocking their potential has been identified by the New Zealand Government as a key factor to stimulating economic growth.

MBIE is committed to career development and offers a supportive learning environment. Our employees are encouraged to move throughout the Ministry to work with other teams, branches and stakeholders to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills.

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Last updated 23 July 2013

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