Nominations for the 2020 block offer

Industry nominations for Block Offer 2020 have opened.

Interested parties are invited to nominate areas within the onshore Taranaki Regional Territorial Area to be considered for inclusion in Block Offer 2020. Nominations are a key part of the annual allocation process. They assist New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals (NZP&M) in ensuring available prospective acreage is offered to industry.

Nominations can be submitted for any part of the onshore Taranaki Regional Territorial Area, as defined in the map below. Nominations should identify specific areas of interest, be made on the basis of prospectivity and be accompanied by supporting evidence. They can include areas released in previous Block Offer rounds, including Block Offer 2019.

Nominees are under no obligation to bid on nominated areas, in any subsequent Block Offer round. NZP&M also makes no guarantee that nominated areas will be included in the proposed or final block selection.

All submissions received during the nominations process are held in strict confidence.

Nominations and supporting documentation should be submitted via email to and must be received on or before

5pm NZDT on 21 August 2020. Where necessary, NZP&M may seek additional information from the nominee to clarify a submission.

The following information is required for submission:

  • Nominee details:
    • Company name
    • Company address
    • Contact person and contact details
  • Area descriptions:
    • Basin and/or sub-basin
    • Approximate size in km2 for each nomination
    • Supporting technical information, for example: regional geology, play concepts, exploration targets etc
    • Maps of the nominated area, in one of the following formats (.shp, .pdf, .jpg, .png, .docx)
  • Any other relevant information

File attachments must not exceed 50 MB

Each nomination should be over an area of contiguous acreage. Please note, there is no limit to the number of nominations a nominee can make.

The final Block Offer 2020 release area will be announced in 2021.

Read more about the Block Offer process

If you have any questions on the process, please email:

2020 Area open for nominations map

nzpandm block offer 2020 area open for nominations map
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