Block Offer 2018 – Consultation
On 30 April 2019, the Block Offer 2018 petroleum tender was announced.
Prior to this, between 12 April 2018 and 8 June 2018, and later from 28 November 2018 and 14 March 2019 NZP&M consulted with iwi and hapū groups on the proposed release areas for the tender. NZP&M received 8 submissions, 7 from iwi and hapū and 1 from Stratford District Council.
NZP&M reviewed the submissions and reported on these to the Minister of Energy and Resources.
In response, an additional engagement condition in the Invitation for Bids document was included.
This condition is to strengthen and clarify NZP&M’s expectation that permit holders will engage with iwi as envisaged by section 33C of the Crown Minerals Act, and do so on an ongoing basis through the life of a permit.
This builds on previous conditions to provide active protection for significant sites, and allows for a consistent approach across all iwi and hapū, not just those who made submissions.
The new condition explicitly requires permit holders to engage with iwi on an ongoing basis, with specific early engagement requirements in relation to activities to be undertaken within 200 metres of areas of significance to iwi.
The new condition in the Invitation for bids document [PDF 718KB]
11.1 The permit holder is required under section 33C of the Act to provide to the Minister an annual iwi engagement report, detailing the permit holder’s engagement with relevant iwi and hapū.
11.2 Notwithstanding the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, the permit holder is required to engage with iwi and hapū on an ongoing basis and in a positive, fair and constructive manner, with a strong preference for kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) interactions. While the nature and object of engagement will depend on relevant circumstances, the permit holder is expected to:
(a) provide adequate information to iwi and hapū in a timely manner;
(b) allow iwi and hapū a reasonable opportunity to state their views and discuss them with the permit holder; and
(c) consider the views of iwi and hapū when undertaking activities under the permit.
11.3 In particular, iwi engagement is required at least 20 working days prior to, and in connection with, the permit holder undertaking activities within 200 metres of:
(a) recorded and unrecorded Wāhi Tapu and Urupā (to be disclosed in confidence);
(b) cultural redress properties and areas of cultural significance (including, without limitation, those specified in applications made under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011);
(c) rivers, waterways and tributaries that are significant to iwi (such as those recorded as statutory acknowledgements in Treaty settlements);
(d) Marae / Pā sites;
(e) Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) within a rohe (available from the Taranaki Regional Council);
(f) schools and early childhood establishments within a rohe; and
(g) the Taranaki Coastal Marine Environment and the regionally significant surf breaks.
Please note: The total release area of 2,188km2 is 12km2 smaller than what was released for consultation with iwi and hapū. This is because an area was removed from the proposed release because it overlaps with an extension of land application made by an existing permit holder.