New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

New Zealand’s largely unexplored minerals resources is one of the country’s most significant economic opportunities. The Government continues to raise the profile of the sector by fostering investment in exploration and production.

New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals functions as both a regulator and a promoter of the Industry.

We are a branch of the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and manage New Zealand’s Crown Mineral Estate. We were established in 2011 and given a strong commercial focus, with the responsibility as custodians of our mineral resources to lead within the sector, to consult with iwi and hapū, and to engage local communities.

Our aim is to maximise the gains to New Zealand’s economy from the responsible development of these resources, a key component of the government’s Business Growth Agenda.

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