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Minister opens consultation for Block Offer 2017

19 September 2016
Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Simon Bridges has opened consultation with iwi and hapū on Block Offer 2017. Consultation with local authorities will begin on 17 October.

New South Island surveys announced

6 September 2016
The Government is undertaking further aeromagnetic and new geochemical surveys in the South Island.

Reservation of Land from prospecting permits

5 September 2016
Reservations of Land from prospecting for metallic minerals have been put in place over Murchison and parts of Otago.

New South Island data available

5 September 2016
New high quality aeromagnetic data is now freely available for download through our online exploration database.

Focusing on Tier 2 mineral permit holder compliance

12 August 2016
New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals (NZP&M) have announced a plan to support increased compliance amongst Tier 2 mineral permit holders before the end of the year starting with non-compliant permit holders supplying compliance action plans by the end of October.

Second quarterly report halves permit processing backlog

2 August 2016
The historical backlog of minerals permit applications has halved over the last 12 months, according to the second Minerals Approval Performance Report released today.