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2012

Pike River Royal Commission: Media Release

18 January 2012 - Pike River Royal Commission Plans for Policy Work and Final Hearings. The Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy is seeking input on overseas mining regulation and practice, whether extra regulation is needed in New Zealand and the profile of an effective mining inspectorate.

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Government welcomes jobs and growth in Taranaki

19 January 2012 - The Government is welcoming a likely $250 million a year increase to exports and the 500 additional construction jobs as part of the agreement announced this afternoon by the Todd Corporation and Methanex New Zealand to increase methanol production in Taranaki.

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Revised Minerals Programme for Petroleum (2005)

30 January 2012 - On Wednesday, 25 January 2012, the Governor-General of New Zealand gave Royal Assent to the Minerals Programme for Petroleum (2005) Amendment (Priority in Time Removal) Order 2012.

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New Zealand Energy Outlook 2011 released

New Zealand Energy Outlook 2011 released

26 January 2012 - The Ministry of Economic Development today released its latest instalment of the New Zealand Energy Outlook. New Zealand’s Energy Outlook 2011 presents long-term forecasts of energy supply, demand, prices and energy sector greenhouse gas emissions.

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New online service launched

30 January 2012 - We would like to announce the official launch of our new online service, Portfolio Management. Portfolio Management users will now be able to view all of their permits and permit obligations online.

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Next steps towards oil and gas exploration

9 February 2012 - Media release: Improvements in the process for permitting exploration for oil and gas will be implemented this year.

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High Hazards Unit now at full strength

21 February 2012 - The Department of Labour’s High Hazard Unit (HHU) is now running at full strength, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson announced.

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Consultation – another step towards realising Northland’s mineral potential

2 March 2012 - The government will be seeking bids from minerals exploration companies interested in better understanding metallic mineral prospects over part of Northland this year.

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Crown Minerals Act review gets under way

7 March 2012 - The Government is asking New Zealanders for feedback on proposals to improve the legislation governing oil, gas and mineral permitting.

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Northland Competitive Tender - Reminder for Northland iwi and local authorities

30 March 2012 - NZP&M would like to remind Northland iwi and local authorities that they have until 5.00pm today to register their interest in responding to the government’s proposed minerals exploration tender process.

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MBIE to proceed from 1 July

24 April 2012 - Media Release: The Government has today confirmed its plans to establish the new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on 1 July this year.

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Quality information on oil and gas resources

27 April - Media Release: Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley has welcomed the launch of Petroleum Basin Explorer, a new petroleum exploration data portal developed by GNS Science.

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Review of petroleum health and safety regulations

2 May - The Department of Labour is reviewing the Health and Safety in Employment (Petroleum Exploration and Extraction) Regulations 1999. The regulations provide for safe exploration and production of petroleum resources and apply to every petroleum operation.

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Transitional arrangements for oil, gas and minerals permit holders

18 May 2012 - Permit holders are being asked to consider transitional arrangements to a new Crown Minerals Act regime.

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Survey data gives Northland 'a real edge'

23 May 2012 - A major project on the geology of Northland has come to fruition with today’s release of the 2011 aeromagnetic survey data, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley said at a launch function in Paihia.

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Tender for oil and gas exploration permits opens

8 June 2012 - The government’s annual tender process to attract oil and gas exploration interest in 2012 is now underway, the Ministry of Economic Development announced today.

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Interest in Northland metallic minerals exploration invited

13 June 2012 - The government’s tender process to manage competitive interest in metallic minerals exploration in New Zealand’s Northland region is now underway.

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New Zealand Energy Quarterly – March Quarter 2012

20 June 2012 - The March quarter edition of the New Zealand Energy Quarterly and updated residential electricity price information has been released by the Ministry of Economic Development.

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New Zealand Energy Data File 2012 released

25 June 2012: The New Zealand Energy Data File provides comprehensive statistics and supporting information on New Zealand’s energy supply, demand and prices.

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Geophysical survey of West Coast region of South Island

26 June 2012: The government is currently undertaking an airborne aeromagnetic survey to provide a better understanding of the geology and structure of the West Coast region from Haast to Karamea.

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New Ministry starts work

1 July 2012: The new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) comes into being today (1 July 2012).

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Judgement delivered on judicial review

03 July 2012: The result of a recent judicial review involving New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals is available to read.

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Pike river coal mine

24 July 2012: Ministerial consent has been granted to Solid Energy’s purchase of Pike River Coal Limited’s assets, giving effect to the transfer of its mining permits.

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Code of conduct boosts protection for marine mammals

2 August 2012 - Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley today launched the new Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations.

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Gas reserves adjustment

13 July 2012: Remaining gas reserves are up 4.4 percent as a result of the adjustment of reserves data for the Kupe field, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment announced.

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Block Offer 2013 Nominations open

27 July 2012: Nominations for next year’s Block Offer are now underway.

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Taupo Volcanic Zone Reservation

8 August 2012 - Notice of Land Closure for All Permitting for Metallic Minerals

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Assessing the benefits of New Zealand's petroleum potential

30 August 2012 - The potential of future discoveries of oil and gas is the subject of an Occasional Paper released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today.

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Chief Inspector for mines appointed

12 September 2012 - Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson has announced the appointment of Tony Forster as Chief Inspector for mines in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s High Hazards Unit.

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New Zealand Energy Quarterly released

14 September 2012 - The latest edition of the New Zealand Energy Quarterly has been released today, along with the energy supply, demand, price and greenhouse gas statistics for the June 2012 quarter.

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New Zealand Petroleum Summit 2012 launches into its first day

19 September 2012 - The summit is a chance for industry participants from here in New Zealand, and across the globe, to meet face to face, share experiences, opinions, technical knowledge and processes.

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New Bill to amend Crown Minerals Act

27 September 2012 - A new Bill to strengthen management of Crown-owned minerals passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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Study commissioned on East Coast oil & gas potential

28 September 2012 - A joint economic development study has been commissioned to look at the potential for and benefits of developing an oil and gas industry on the North Island’s East Coast.

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Taranaki's new Oil & Gas Talent Attraction and Retention campaign

3 October 2012 - Taranaki’s economy is growing so strongly the region is getting proactive – and creative – in a bid to lure hundreds of skilled workers to the region.

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Feedback on draft minerals programmes sought

4 October 2012 - Further consultation to inform the review of the Crown Minerals Act regime is underway.

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Update to the Murchison block (12MUR1) coordinates in the Block Offer 2012 Invitation for Bids

9 October 2012 - The shape of the Murchison block (12MUR1), as described by coordinates in the Block Offer 2012 Invitation for Bids, has been amended.

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Maui gas outage review finished

18 October 2012 - The Government’s review of the October 2011 Maui gas pipeline outage and subsequent work shows that steps needed to strengthen the gas system are being taken, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley said today.

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Pike River Royal Commission report received

30 October 2012 - The government has received the report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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Government seeks feedback on mining reviews

31 October 2012 - The Government is calling for public feedback on proposed changes to royalties and the taxation of minerals.

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Consultation on areas for 2013 petroleum block offer under way

8 November 2012 - Consultation with iwi and councils with an interest in areas being proposed for the 2013 petroleum exploration permitting round is now under way.

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Changes to CMA Bill reflect Pike River report

27 November 2012 - Cabinet has approved further changes to the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill currently before the Commerce Committee, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley says.

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Health and safety a priority in oil and gas production

27 November 2012 - New regulations will ensure that health and safety is a priority in the growing petroleum exploration and extraction industry, Acting Minister of Labour Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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Government welcomes report on fracking

27 November 2012 - Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley and Environment Minister Amy Adams have welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s interim report on her investigation into hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

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Petrobras exploration permit surrender accepted

4 December 2012 - The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has accepted international oil company Petrobras' application to surrender its exploration permit for the Raukumara Basin.

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Block Offer 2012 – ten permits awarded

11 December 2012 - Block Offer 2012 has officially come to a close today with the award of 10 new petroleum exploration permits.

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Petroleum exploration permits for 2012 awarded

11 December 2012 - Investment in oil and gas exploration will receive a significant boost with the award of 10 exploration permits, announced by Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley today.

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Pike River implementation plan released

13 December 2012 - The Government has released the Pike River Implementation Plan. This details how and when Government will respond to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

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Study of economic impact of hydraulic fracturing released

14 December 2012 - The report, Unlocking the potential: an economic impact of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in New Zealand has been developed by Venture Taranaki, Taranaki’s regional development agency, in conjunction with Wellington-based BERL.

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New Zealand Energy Quarterly released

19 December 2012 - The latest edition of the New Zealand Energy Quarterly has been released, along with the energy supply, demand, price and greenhouse gas emissions statistics for the September 2012 quarter.

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