We are the government regulator that manages New Zealand's Crown minerals estate​.

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In focus

Gold fossicking

Find out what gold fossicking is, and if you need a permit to do it.

Tools we use to regulate

The information on this page shares our approach to compliance with the Crown Minerals Act (the Act).

Latest news

Minerals permitting improvement programme

We are implementing an ongoing improvements programme for our minerals permitting systems and processes to ensure we are an effective, consistent, and timely regulator.

Annual summary reports are now overdue

Annual summary reports (ASRs) were due on 2 April 2024.

As of 8 April 2024 we have received 715 of the 848 ASRs due. 82% of these were submitted through the online permitting system (OPS). Thank you for filing your reports online and on time.

Regulator’s Update – March 2024

In this issue: Snapshot of minerals permit applications, new specific royalty rates, minerals permitting improvement programme underway, reminder for annual summary reports, tier 1 permit holders and iwi engagement reports, Block Offer 2020 results.