How we regulate

Who we are and our role

We're part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). We administer the Crown Minerals Act.

Minerals and petroleum regulatory environment

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.

Legislation we act under

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.

Our regulatory operating model

We regulate using the VADE model (Voluntary > Assisted > Directed > Enforced) that's commonly used by regulatory agencies across the New Zealand government.

The Treaty of Waitangi

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.

Feedback, complaints and enquiries

If you would like to make a complaint, or provide feedback, comments or any questions please use this feedback form.

Contact the Compliance Team

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.

Contact us

How to contact New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals.

The Regulator's Update

A quarterly newsletter for New Zealand's minerals and petroleum industry.