How we regulate
We're part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). We administer the Crown Minerals Act.
Getting a permit is just one of the things you need to do to start mining. Different New Zealand agencies and stakeholders manage the different regulations and approvals that affect mining operators in New Zealand.
We are responsible for administering the Crown Minerals Act, related regulations, and the minerals and petroleum programmes. Collectively, these are referred to as the Crown minerals legislation.
We regulate using the VADE model (Voluntary > Assisted > Directed > Enforced) that's commonly used by regulatory agencies across the New Zealand government.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand's founding document. When administering the Crown Minerals Act we must act in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi that underpin the relationship between Māori and the Crown.
If you would like to make a complaint, or provide feedback, comments or any questions please use this feedback form.
If you think there has been a serious or ongoing breach of the Act, such as illegal mining, or mining outside a permit area then use this form to send us details of the issue.
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