Technical data and samples are managed by government and made publicly available.
Prospecting and exploration data
All prospecting and exploration data collected by petroleum permit holders must be shared with NZP&M – including physical core samples, all seismic and aerial survey data, and petroleum well data.
This technical data is made publicly available at the earliest of five years after it was acquired, or when a permit ends. It is available through the NZP&M’s Geodata Catalogue:
This data makes a significant contribution to the geological knowledge of New Zealand and is used by the broader science community, as well as petroleum explorers.
The National Core Store in Featherston, Wairarapa, houses the collected minerals and coal core, cuttings and samples, and is regularly used by researchers.
Energy in New Zealand report
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) produces the Energy in New Zealand Report, annual publication providing information on and analysis of New Zealand’s energy sector - including petroleum activities.
Read the latest publication of the report on the MBIE website:
Energy in New Zealand — mbie.govt.nz
Annual production figures are also available for oil and gas on the MBIE website:
Oil statistics — mbie.govt.nz
Gas statistics — mbie.govt.nz