On 27 July 2020, the Block Offer 2019 petroleum tender was announced.
Prior to this, between 25 September 2019 and 20 November 2019, NZP&M consulted with iwi and hapū groups on the proposed release areas for the tender. NZP&M received 5 submissions from iwi and hapū.
NZP&M reviewed the submissions and reported on these to the Minister of Energy and Resources.
In response to Consultation on Block Offer 2018, an additional engagement condition was included in the Invitation for Bids document and that condition exists for this Block Offer.
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.